While most of the sporting world has gone into hibernation for the coronavirus, have the riders to cycling Paris-Nice stomping his way through the French countryside. To the great wonder for most.

on Friday, announced the organizer so that Sunday 8. and the last stage would be dropped, but Saturday’s stage, starting in Nice and objective in Valdeblore La Colmiane would be implemented.

It will, however, with a decimated field, since not all teams could see the point to implement a further stage in the midst of the chaos, as coronavirusset has brought along with it.

Bahrain-McLaren chose to withdraw before Friday’s stage, and Saturday’s final stage will also be without Danish Mads Würtz Schmidt and the rest of the riders at the Israel Start-Up Nation.

on Friday night, the israeli team that you would not make the start Saturday.

‘We have had a policy to continue to run as long as the local authorities believe that it is safe.’

‘because of the escalating crisis, and our policy, that the riders have the deciding vote, we think that it is the most responsible decision to stop now,’ saith the holdchef Kjell Carlström on Twitter.

Teams such as Ineos, CCC, Astana and Movistar had already before the race, pulled out because of fear of infection with the coronavirus.

The teams withdrew from the Italian race, Milan-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Strade-Bianche earlier this month. The races are, however, also been postponed.

the 25-year-old Mads Würtz Schmidt ended as number six on the 2. stage of the race as its best location, while he picked at number 28, before the team withdrew.

He could, however, see the portrait by Søren Kragh Andersen win the time trial at the 4. stage of the course, which overall kept by the German Maximilian Schachmann.

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