Cycling lovers have more reason to become excited, as Colombia’s main stars have made it back into Europe ready to rush.
The coronavirus pandemic had triggered issues that experts from outside Europe will struggle to match with their teams in time for the season restart, as aviation was restricted involving many nations.
But despite the constraints of traveling between Colombia and Europe, expert passengers were granted specific permission to board a flight out of the capital Bogota into Madrid, Spain, to be able to re-join their teams prepared to get WorldTour racing from August 1.
The Avianca Airlines flight, which left Colombia on Sunday (July 18) and landed on Monday (July 20), conducted lots of Grand Tour leaders and sprint celebrities, such as Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic).
Minister of sport at Colombia, Ernesto Lucena Barrero stated:”Due to teamwork, led to the federal authorities, through the ministry, in addition to the Foreign Ministry, the embassies of Spain and Colombia along with the aid of Avianca, our athletes are going to have the ability to return to Europe to fulfill with the contest schedules, something basic in its own evolution and procedure, altered within this initial session by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The flight transported Bernal, Quintana, Rigaberto Urán (EF Professional Cycling), Miguel Ángel López (Astana), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), in addition to sport celebrities from basketball and soccer.
Bernal, the reigning Tour de France winner, is scheduled to race La Route d’Occitanie from August 1, before going into the Tour de l’Ain, the Critérium du Dauphiné and then defending his yellow jersey from August 29.
Bernal is set to restart his racing year in the Mont Ventoux one-day racebefore he turns his attention on the Tour.
Richard Carapaz, winner of this 2019 Giro d’Italia, was originally expected to journey 900kilometers from Ecuador into the Colombian funds by car and bike to be able to make the flight.
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Nevertheless it later emerged the Team Ineos rider would have the ability to fly straight out of his home country to Spain to combine his team-mates, prepared to guard his pink jersey afterwards in this year.