Nairo Quintana convinced the Colombian government to allow professional cyclists to train outdoors. Different rules had been put in place in each municipality in Colombia, but most parts of the country had temporarily banned outdoor cycling as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, the government relaxed the rules to allow one hour of exercise per day. However, after pressuring Colombian Sports Minister Ernesto Lucena, Quintana secured the right for professional cyclists to resume full training.
Lucena has confirmed that any rider with a UCI license will now be able to start training during a live Instagram chat with Quintana.
“The idea is that only professional cyclists holding a UCI license will be able to go out to train and it will be up to the mayor of each municipality to create his own regulations,” said Lucena.
‘Nairo has been a great voice for all of them [cyclists] and they will be able to train again because it is their job, they make it their livelihood and they make Colombians happy. Nairo’s request was heeded.
Rules have been divided in Colombia as to whether you can continue to ride outdoors. While some were restricted to indoor training, others were able to continue riding outdoors.
In the Zipaquira area, Mayor Wilson Garcia allowed five riders, including Team Ineos’ Egan Bernal, to continue riding outdoors as long as they were training between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. and kept a distance of five meters from each other.
Professional cyclists from Colombia will join those from France, Italy and Spain who are slowly being allowed to resume training as normal.
This past weekend, Spanish cyclists have been allowed to cycle for the first time in more than a month, while professional cyclists in France, including Bernal’s teammate Chris Froome, will be allowed outdoors from May 11.
For those who are in France, the training will not be limited in time but must take place within a radius of 100km from the home with a distance of 10m from others to be respected at all times.