Deceuninck Quick-Step Plan to Hold Training Camp June 15
Getting the gang back together
Belgian cycling team Deceuninck-Quick-Step announced on Tuesday that they had scheduled their first training camp since the coronavirus lockdown for June 15, in the Flemish Ardennes.
Rather than a hotel, the use of a large house has sourced, meaning that those attending do not have to take any unnecessary health risks and contact to those outside of the team can be kept to be a minimum. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step medical team are also working on a plan to ensure that all of the riders and staff attending the team will be tested for Covid-19 either before they travel or immediately upon arrival, with stringent medical protocols and precautions being in place throughout the camp, to help minimise the chances of infection.
Quick-Step, who boast French star Julian Alaphilippe and highly-rated Belgian youngster Remco Evenepoel among their ranks, will stay at a villa instead of a hotel to “limit contact with people from outside the team”.
The World Tour season, suspended since mid-March, is scheduled to resume in early August, with the Tour de France set to start on August 29, despite the French government’s ban on professional sport until September.
Team coach Koen Pilgrim said: “It is more a case of getting the group together, rather than having any hugely structured training sessions, as most of the guys have been following structured programs that the coaches have set for them for several weeks now. We will also be using it as an opportunity to recon the routes of some of the cobbled classics, like Flanders and Gent–Wevelgem. We would like to do Roubaix too, but we would have to cross the border, which may be complicated right now, but we will get in some good training anyway. More than anything it is about getting the group together and having some fun on the bikes after such a long time apart.”
The team will also be looking to hold an altitude training camp in June, with details still to be confirmed.