Coronavirus race cancellations follow

Events such as the Heistse Pijl or the Boels Ladies Tour are the latest to join the list of races that will not be held this year for fear of the virus.


The coronavirus situation continues to concern cycling. The pandemic does not stop in some areas, and in others that seemed to be controlled, numerous outbreaks are emerging, so the platoon cannot assume any risk when holding an event. A few days ago the tests in Québec and Montreal were canceled, and last Sunday the Paris-Bourges and the GP Fourmies were also suspended. These races will not be the only ones affected, since the number of appointments canceled due to fear of the virus is increasing every day.

Precisely on the Canadian races and the Hamburg Cyclassics, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed on Tuesday that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, three tests of the WorldTour of 2020 have been canceled: the Grand Prix of Québec and Montreal, in Canada , as well as the Cyclassics in Hamburg (Germany) .

"In the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the UCI confirms the cancellation by its organizers of the Grand Prix Cyclist of Quebec and the Grand Prix Cyclist of Montreal (Canada), and of the EuroEyes Cyclassics in Hamburg (Germany) , which should have taken place on September 11, September 13 and October 3, respectively, "the agency said in a statement.

And these were not the only ones. The Belgian Heistse Pijl test, scheduled for August 1, where a large number of sprinters were going to face, such as the Colombian Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck Quick Step) has been canceled due to new measures taken in Antwerp to stop the spread of Covid-19.

On Monday, the Belgian Prime Minister halted plans to reopen the country after increasing the number of coronavirus cases and the province of Antwerp established a curfew from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at the same time as it imposed the use of facial mask. The Belgian government reduced the size of public meetings to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors.

The organizers of the Heistse Pijl hoped to be able to hold the race "behind closed doors", but local authorities did not approve of the event. Race organizers hope the race can be postponed if the coronavirus situation improves.

The list of participants was full of sprint stars, such as Alvaro Hodeg, winner in 2019 and his teammate Fabio Jakobsen, as well as Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma).

The Boels Ladies Tour, canceled out of fear of a new wave of COVID-19

The Dutch women's event Boels Ladies Tour, which was due to take place from 1 to 6 September, has been canceled by the organizers who prefer not to take risks at the possibility of a new COVID-19.


"The new outbreaks of the virus in different parts of Europe and in the Netherlands have been the arguments to cancel the event. The sanitary measures would have been difficult to guarantee," explains the organization in a statement.

Thijs Rondhuis, the main person in charge of the women's World Tour event, justifies the decision adding that "many planned side events have been suspended and there are not enough arguments to keep the Boels Ladies Tour this year" .

The cycling tour "L'etape du Tour de France" cancels its 2020

edition The cycling tour "L'Étape du Tour de France", which since 1993 reproduces a stage of the legendary French tour with the same conditions as the original, announced this Tuesday that cancels its 2020 edition due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

On this occasion a circular route of 175 kilometers and 3,600 meters of elevation gain had been planned for Nice and there were 16,000 registered cyclists. The initial date of July 5 was canceled on April 15 in the midst of an epidemic and the organizers indicated this Wednesday in a statement that, after having tried to reschedule it for September 6, they are forced to cancel it.

The decision was made after verifying the difficulties encountered by many participants of being available that day, especially those who had to come from abroad. The organizers noted that the July 2021 edition will maintain the route planned for this year and advanced that all those who had registered for this edition are registered for the next if they wish.

"L'Étape du Tour de France" follows in the footsteps each year of one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France, with the same host cities, the same routes and the same race conditions, so it claims to be the The only cycle touring race that is carried out on roads totally closed to traffic.

The Tour de France will be held this year from August 29 to September 20 and will depart from Nice, with eight mountain stages in total, nine flat, three with relief and a single time trial in individual version.

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