The Russian cycling team Gazprom-RusVelo understands and follows the official statements of Russia and Italy regarding the current situation with COVID-19 and the consequential cancellation of the cycling races in March.
Following the press release from RCS Sport, General Manager of Gazprom-RusVelo Renat Khamidulin made a statement:
"We all understand the situation with the cancellation of races in March and in this situation we support the decisions of race organizers. With no doubt, that is a difficult situation for the riders who were following their sport goals and preparing for the specific races, which were canceled.
Having considered the current situation the management of Gazprom-RusVelo decided to give our riders a short time period to morally recover from the current situation. We will organize a training camp in the mid of March in order to build up for the upcoming races in April. We are also considering the possibility of adding other races in October and November to compensate racing days for those riders who did not receive them in March.
We are calm and understand that this is an inevitable loss for everyone: riders, cycling fans, teams and race organizers. However, all we can and should do is to give athletes the opportunity to recover mentally and without stress adjust to the changes.
We express our support to RCS Sport regarding the date changes of the most important races in the season: Milan-SanRemo and Tirreno Adriatico and state that Gazprom-RusVelo will be ready to compete in them on new scheduled dates" — Renat Khamidulin.