As racing returns after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Champion, Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) warns a young fan to keep his distance at the 2020 Giro Rosa Iccrea Team Presentation, in Grosseto, Italy on September 10, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

The peloton approach the climb at the end of the longest gravel sector of Strade Bianche – Elite Women 2019, a 136 km road race starting and finishing in Siena, Italy on March 9, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Lizzy Banks (GBR) exhausted by the effort after winning Stage 8 of 2019 Giro Rosa Iccrea, a 133.3 km road race from Vittorio Veneto to Maniago, Italy on July 12, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Race favourites, Lizzie Deignan (GBR), Kasia Niewiadoma (POL) and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) with 100 metres to the top of Epynt, the final climb on Stage 5 of 2019 OVO Women’s Tour, a 140 km road race from Llandrindod Wells to Builth Wells, United Kingdom on June 14, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

UCI President, David Lappartient addresses the audience at the UCI Cycling Gala 2019 in Guilin, China on October 22, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Mavi Garcia (ESP) attacks in the final kilometres of the 2020 Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche – Stage 2, a 135.6 km road race from Saint George les Bains to Font D’Urle, France on September 4, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

European Champion, Ellen van Dijk (NED) emerges from the shadows on her way to victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour 2019 – Stage 5, a 17.9 km individual time trial in Meiningen, Germany on June 1, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Anna van der Breggen (NED) celebrates winning Ronde van Vlaanderen – Elite Women 2018 a 151.9 km road race starting and finishing in Oudenaarde, Belgium on April 1, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

A young boy watches riders arrive at the start line of Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche 2018 – Stage 5, a 138.4km road race from Grandrieu to Mont Lozère, France on September 16, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Christine Majerus (LUX) leads the peloton at Gent Wevelgem Elite Women 2018 – a 143 km road race from Ieper to Wevelgem on March 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) lets the win sink in at 2018 La Course by Le Tour de France, a 112.5 km road race from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand, France on July 17, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Justina Jovaisyte (LTU) during the UCI Road World Championships Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial 2017 a 21.1 km time trial in Bergen, Norway on September 19, 2017. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Italian junior women’s team sing the national anthem after winning the 74.5 km Junior Women’s Road Race of the UCI Road World Championships 2016 on 14th October 2016 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

China Chongming Liv lead the peloton past a restaurant packed with diners at Tour of Chongming Island – Stage 1. A 118.8km road race on Chongming Island, China on 5th May 2017. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

The break build a healthy lead during the 2020 Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche – Stage 6, a 137.9 km road race from Valreas to Rochemaure, France on September 8, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

The peloton speed through the charred landscape ravaged by bush fires just a few weeks earlier during Stage 3 of 2020 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, a 109.1 km road race from Nairne to Stirling, Australia on January 18, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Performance on the stage of the Tour of Chongming Island 2018 Team Presentation, at Chongming District Gymnasium on April 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

 

World Champion, Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) has to push her bike up the final gravel sector on the way to winning the 2020 Giro Rosa Iccrea – Stage 2, a 124.8 km road race from Civitella Paganico to Arcidosso, Italy on September 12, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) speeds by the corrugated wall of a building site at La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 2019 – Stage 1, a 9.3 km individual time trial in Boadilla del Monte, Spain on September 14, 2019. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Evita Muzic (FRA) celebrates the first major win of her career at 2020 Giro Rosa Iccrea – Stage 9, a 109.9 km road race in Motta Montecorvino, Italy on September 19, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

Mavi Garcia (ESP) has the top of the final climb in her sights during the 2020 Durango Emakumeen Saria, a 121 km road race starting and finishing in Durango, Spain on July 26, 2020. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

 

The peloton charge across a dry riverbed during Stage 2 of the Giro Rosa 2016 – a 122.2 km road race, between Zoppola and Montereale Valcellina on July 1, 2017, in Pordenone, Italy. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com