Sport & world health crisis
Telefónica-backed squad patiently take care of themselves and their loved ones at their places across Europe and Latin America; Blues encourage people to stay home, follow instructions from authorities.
Monday should have marked the Movistar Team’s return to racing, once their period of self-imposed competitive halt, which started on Friday 6th March, came to its close. However, as the whole world knows, the men’s and women’s rosters managed by Eusebio Unzué remain, as most sportspeople around the globe, out of any chances to compete. The reason is a pandemic, the COVID-19 disease, which keeps nearly the entire planet locked out and into a state of emergency.
The Movistar Team tries to remain active, despite the obligation of most of its riders to stay home. The invaluable help from their Elite trainers; flexibility, strength or core routines; and mental activity inherent to every human being are the means of ‘maintenance’ the Blue outfit tries to use before their return, not expected before the month of May. Last week, the Union Cycliste Internationale announced the suspension of all events in the international calendar through April 30th, a date after which a renewed calendar, still to be defined, will compress all major events the Blues will tackle in 2020.
The Blues haven’t reduced their strong online presence, either, with the #EnCasaConMovistarTeam (At Home with the Movistar Team) initiative, featuring all of the Unzué-managed squad’s main names, as an amusement to their strong base. That’s only one of multiple ways the team sponsored by Telefónica will try to stay connected with their fans and make their life a bit happier. Until things return to normal, the Movistar Team only asks their fans, just like the authorities, to do them a favour: stay home.