“Taking into account the sporting, but also social and economic, importance of professional road cycling, the respective calendar is in a more advanced stage of renovation, although it is dependent on the mobilization of the different partners that collaborate with the organizers, with the resumption of competition expected for April 10, ”can be read in a note published on the entity’s official website.
The Portuguese platoon should have taken to the road in Volta ao Algarve, initially scheduled for between 17 and 21 February, but which was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
According to the FPC’s activity plan, published on December 15, before the increasing number of cases of covid-19 in Portugal led to a new confinement, in the coming weeks the Opening Proof should be held (March 7 ), the Classic of Arrábida (March 14), the Volta ao Alentejo (March 17 to 21) – the first event to be canceled – and the Classic of Spring (March 28).
In the note published today, the FPC recalls that, at this moment, “only competitions that are exclusively of the absolute category (elite / professionals) are authorized by the official entities, but with restrictions, the need to comply with sanitary rules resulting from the pandemic situation and absence of public” .
“This circumstance directly affects most cycling events. First of all, it prevents the holding of school meetings, road tests for young people and mass or master tests. On the other hand, women’s road competitions, BMX races and all BTT disciplines bring together all categories, and it is not possible to carry them out in the usual format in the current context ”, notes the FPC.
The organization also says it is working on “reorganizing amateur sports calendars (from schools to under-23s and masters) so that the activity can be resumed as soon as the state of emergency decrees allow it”.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,474,437 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 111 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,086 people died from 799,106 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.