Bradley Wiggins: We keep saying ‘it’s only sport’, but this could be devastating for riders
Mar 17 2020 10:52 pm CET

Bradley Wiggins: We keep saying ‘it’s only sport’, but this could be devastating for riders
Bradley Wiggins: We keep saying ‘it’s only sport’, but this could be devastating for riders
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Former winner of the Tour de France Bradley Wiggins has shared his views about the impact of the coronavirus crisis in the world of cycling.

The ITT Olympic champion talked about the current situation related to the Covid-19 in the latest edition of the podcast 'The Bradley Wiggins show'. There he discussed the impact that the crisis will likely have on the world of cycling.

"Cycling is the least important thing compared to other things in life, but this is still their livelihoods," said the former rider. "We keep saying ‘it’s only sport’ but for these guys the financial implications for the sponsors and teams – this could be devastating for a lot of them."

Presenter and former cyclist was a guest in the podcast, and he shared Wiggins' concerns. "This situation is fluid and it is totally unprecedented in our lifetimes," he added. "When you put into context that Flanders has never been cancelled in 100 years, including the war years, it just shows you.

"For the cycling calendar it’s more than disruptive. Organisations, race organisers, promoters are going to be losing money; teams have got no exposure for their investment. This thing could go on and on and on, and it’s this uncertainty that is the most frightening thing at the moment. The longer this goes on, the more precarious the situation for the Giro, Tour and Vuelta. Within the grand scheme of things, cycling is relatively insignificant because it’s the welfare of people that is at the forefront of all of this."
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