Sunweb adjusts training as if TDF is first race of the season
Mar 16 2020 09:57 pm CET

Sunweb adjusts training as if TDF is first race of the season
Sunweb adjusts training as if TDF is first race of the season
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Team Sunweb has decided to adjust its preparation for the rest of the season as if the Tour de France is the first race that will happen.

The cycling calendar has been disrupted by the coronavirus crisis and teams and riders are living with uncertainty about the rest of the season. Iwan Spekenbrink, General Manager of Sunweb, has discussed with Dutch newspaper AD the plans his team will put in action to face the rest of the season.

"To be clear, I am not an expert on viruses," he said. "But for now we hear from the experts that riding the Tour de France is a realistic scenario. Maybe a little earlier. We are now keeping all kinds of scenarios into account. And adjust the training schedules of our riders accordingly. Being on top shape right now is of course of no use. That is why now the gas goes off and then peaks again in the summer. In such a way that the shape can still be there in the fall. Being a top athlete means: formulating goals and preparing yourself better than your competitors.

But Spekenbrink -who is also a chairman of the AIGCP, associacion that puts together many professional cycling teams- doesn't close the door to the calendar resuming earlier than the French grand tour. "The first step has now been taken that we will not be driving until April 3 anyway. Furthermore, we are now busy with organizers and governments about what's next. But that's not just a matter of sending a press release. It's a complex matter where we have to get everything right together. We will use that for the coming weeks.

"The Tour will be a kind of a start to the cycling season, it does sound strange. But it is the reality. And also applies to this: everything depends on how this health crisis will develop in the coming period."
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