Coronavirus made races unsafe, so athletes and organizers are turning to simulations


For cycling world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, March usually means racing over bumpy roads in Italy, or summiting grassy hills in France. This year, instead, van Vleuten raced across the iconic white gravel of the Strade Bianche from home in Holland.

On March 8, van Vleuten and her professional road racing team, Mitchelton-Scott, used stationary bikes and an app called Zwift to simulate the Italian race, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Van Vleuten and 29 of her teammates (themselves back home in countries including Spain and Andorra) rode alongside 1,300 fans from around the world.  Read more…


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