The world of professional cycling is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus and so the season has been put on hold after Paris-Nice.

From their separate studios, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap what will be the final race for a while. Daniel was on the road covering a surreal edition of the Race to the Sun and he reports on the decision by organisers ASO to push on to Nice and what it was like as the effects of the virus spread across Europe.

We also reflect on what was an attacking and entertaining edition of the race and discuss whether the ‘three-kilometre rule’ should have applied to Max Schachmann after his crash on the run-in to the finish of the penultimate stage in Apt.

What now for cycling? With the spring classics and the Giro d’Italia already postponed the sport faces a set of circumstances unprecedented in peacetime.

We also hear from Italian Martina Alzini, who is currently locked down at home, and Mitch Docker – host of Life in the Peloton – from Girona about what these new restrictions mean for pro riders.

It’s too early to say when or how the racing programme will resume but The Cycling Podcast show will go on. You can find out more details about that in our weekly newsletter. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com

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