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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #540 on: July 08, 2020, 09:05 »
Brändle said it's "looking good" to get a new deal

....and he did get one.

Also in the news today is Ben Hermans. He was due to make his TDF debut this year, but has foreseen that the mental exhaustion and enforced social isolation before and during the race would not be the best option for him or his young family.

“I recently received a thirteen-page document from our team, full of restrictions imposed by the UCI on the teams. That note got me thinking. The social isolation riders will end up in should not be underestimated. ”

"Count it out," Hermans continues. “An altitude internship prior to the Tour, three weeks from home. Once at home, you should not see anyone except your family members. In addition, you must have two molecular detection tests (PCR) performed during that home quarantine. You have to undergo the same test every week during a large round, for example on the rest day. During such a Tour you will soon be away from home for four weeks, where you will stay strictly within the bubble of your team. Visiting the home front is not allowed. If you put all that together, you have hardly seen your loved ones for seven to eight weeks. ”

He'll do the slightly shorter Vuelta instead. Maybe the regulations will have been relaxed somewhat by then.
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