Fifty Colombian riders receive green light to train on local roads
May 09 2020 10:15 pm CET

Fifty Colombian riders receive green light to train on local roads
Fifty Colombian riders receive green light to train on local roads
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The Colombian government has given the authorization to 50 professional riders to train on the roads fo the country.

Arkea-Samsic's Nairo Quintana complained a few days ago about the fact that some riders were allowed to go outside and others weren't, which is seen by him as a disadvantage. The winner of the 2019 Tour de France Egan Bernal was granted a special authorization by the mayor of his home town Zipaquira to be on the roads but this wasn't the case for most of the Colombian peloton.

But now, Colombian President Ivan Duque has given them a green light to start their outside training sessions, also as a way to test protocols that would eventually be set to other athletes of the country. "We have designed some protocols for the riders to be able to return to training," said the Colombian president in his daily Covid-19 update session.

"It is a very limited group of around 50 athletes, that are already preparing for big competitions."

The professional cyclists that are allowed to return to the road include not only Quintana and Bernal but also Rigoberto Uran, Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

The South American country is still in a lockdown situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.





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