In his column for Het Nieuwsblad the Belgium team boss Patrick Lefevere has set out his concerns around the coronavirus, with worries over his Deceuninck-QuickStep staff testing positive for the virus and the effects on the sponsorship model should the Tour de France be canceled.

Lefevere has been a team manager for several decades and experienced virtually every scenario the sport has gone through but the global pandemic has created unprecedented times and made professional cycling seem inconsequential as governments lock down entire countries as they try and take the war to the coronavirus.