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cycling team Team Ineos withdraws from all the races leading up to Catalonia Around that begin 23. march.
It enlightens the british large groups in a press release.
Following the tragic loss of Nico Portal, and in addition to the current uncertainty around the corona virus, the Team INEOS have today taken the decision to withdraw temporarily from all racing until the Volta a Catalunya on March 23.— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) March 4, 2020
Hence comes Ineos not to start in the big forårsløb as the Strade Bianche, Milan-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice, provided that the races will be held as planned.
the Reason for the drastic decision is the uncertainty about the evolution of coronaviruses, like the team is appalled by the sports director Nicolas Portal's sudden death on Tuesday.
- This is a sad moment for everyone on the team. We have lost someone we loved very much, and all mourn over Nico, says holdchef David Brailsford.
Cycling is an incredible mobile sports. We have a duty to take care of our riders and employees, but also the people who live in the areas where we run.
- We do not want to get into a situation where our riders could potentially become infected or come in quarantine, as has already happened, says Brailsford.
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