A regional decree could sideline upcoming pro cycling races in Belgium, through the end of March.
The coronavirus presenting unprecedented challenges for pro cyclists, governing bodies, and cycling fans.
James Startt was on hand in the Rhone River Valley, to capture the action at two French one-day races considered to be warm-ups for Paris-Nice.
The Faun Ardèche Classic and the Royal Bernard Drôme Classic offer muscular terrain that suits puncheurs and climbers alike.
The Belgian still dreams of winning the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, but he revels in his role on the EF Pro Cycling team, and was only too happy to see his Italian teammate Alberto Bettiol storm to victory in Flanders, in 2019.
Teams are considering alternate schedules in case early-season Italian races are scrapped due to local quarantines.
It's been nearly 10 years since an Italian won a major cobblestone classic, and it appears likely the streak will continue this season.