The Milan-San Remo one-day race has been cancelled as well as two other cycling events in Italy, organisers said on Friday.

The spread of coronavirus in the country has also led to the Tirreno-Adriatico and Il Giro di Sicilia stage races to be postponed.

“Following the confirmation by the relevant authorities that they are unable to grant appropriate authorisations, RCS Sport announces that the cycling race Tirreno-Adriatico, scheduled for 11-17 March, is cancelled from its original dates,” RCS said in a statement.

“Furthermore… to guarantee the safeguarding of public health and the safety of all the people involved, RCS Sport has made the decision to cancel Milan-San Remo, scheduled for 21 March, and Il Giro di Sicilia, scheduled for 1-4 April.”

Milan-San Remo is one of cycling’s five ‘Monument’ classics, along with Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, the Tour of Lombardy and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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