Belgian cycling team Deceuninck-Quick-Step, home of Irish rider Sam Bennett, have announced that they've scheduled their first training camp since the Covid-19 lockdown for mid-June in the Flemish Ardennes.

Quick-Step, who boast French star Julian Alaphilippe and highly-rated Belgian youngster Remco Evenepoel among their ranks, will stay at a villa instead of a hotel to "limit contact with people from outside the team".

They said that medical staff are working on a way to ensure the riders can be tested for COVID-19 on arrival.

The World Tour season, suspended since mid-March, is scheduled to resume in early August, with the Tour de France set to start on August 29, despite the French government's ban on professional sport until September.

The Tour de France was due to begin in Nice on 27 June and conclude in Paris on 19 July, but the opening stage is now slated to take place on 29 August with the finale on 20 September.

In April, Bennett told RTÉ 2fm's Game On: "Cycling is such a traditional sport, the calendar has always been the same the last few years.

"It would be really different to have the Tour de France at a different point of the season but I don't want another year to go by where I don't get another chance to ride in the Tour de France.

"If it comes this year at any time, it's welcome."