UCI statement concerning celebratory hugs between riders and team members at the finish line

Mar 8, 2021, 14:40 PM

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) would like to clarify its position concerning celebratory hugs between riders and team members after the finish line. Although from a medical point of view the risk of contamination between members of a team bubble remains low, the UCI nevertheless considers it necessary that riders adopt the basic precautionary measures, including respecting a minimum physical distance. Demonstrations of joy and congratulation are spontaneous and natural, and are part of the beauty of our sport. It is therefore no pleasure for the UCI to strongly recommend all concerned to refrain from hugging at the finish. However, due to the current pandemic it is essential to temporarily modify certain habits so that we can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

The UCI has updated its protocol (page 16) with this new measure, which is added to others that have already been introduced, such as those concerning podium ceremonies and sign-ins. The UCI has informed the representatives of riders and teams, and will continue to ensure that the peloton is made aware of this change which is common sense and in line with our desire to ensure our sport is exemplary in these difficult times.