Lappartient: "We already see the light at the end of the tunnel"

The president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) looks forward to the start of the season after a difficult spring due to the pandemic.


"We already see the light at the end of the tunnel," says David Lappartient, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), who looks forward to the start of the season after a difficult spring, although he warns that "everything will depend on the evolution of the health situation "derived from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Spring has been very difficult for cycling, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the first road races held in July and the resumption of the UCI WorldTour and the expected UCI Women's WorldTour in August." As we have always said, the restart of the season, whatever the discipline, will depend on the evolution of the health situation, "says Lappartient.

The French leader recalled that several competitions have had to be canceled for not meeting the conditions for their proper organization. "This may mean that the UCI World Championship in certain disciplines will not take place this year. It is a major disappointment, but the health of the athletes and everyone involved or simply present at our events is our top priority," said David Lappartient at a statement from the UCI.

Changes in BMX and MTB

The international federation published last Tuesday an update on the calendar of events that it organizes in 2020, world championships and world cups, in the various disciplines, whether in Mountain Bike, BMX, Trial, Gran Fondo, track or road . In the mountain mode, the World Cup events in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) and Les Gets (France), scheduled from September 4 to 6 and 19 and 20, respectively, are canceled at the request of the organizers. To date, the tests of Nove Mesto na Morave, in the Czech Republic (September 29 to October 4), Maribor, in Slovenia (October 15 to 18), and Lousã, in Portugal (October 29 to November 1) are confirmed. Regarding the UCI E-Mountain Bike 2020 Cross-Country World Cup, the Barcelona event, scheduled for October 2 and 3, has been canceled. The stages of Locarno (Switzerland) and Bologna (Italy), initially scheduled from April 17 to 18 and June 5 to 6, and a postponed time, also had to be canceled.

In BMX, despite intense discussions with the organizing committee of the event, the UCI 2020 BMX World Championship, scheduled for Houston (United States) from May 26 to 31, is canceled. The UCI regrets to announce that there will be no UCI World Championships in the discipline in 2020. The next World Championships will take place from August 17 to 22, 2021 in Papendal (Netherlands), after the Tokyo Olympics.

Regarding the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, two events will take place in Rock Hill (United States) and have so far been confirmed. Finally they will take place on November 6 and 7.

In BMX Freestyle all rounds of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup have been canceled. They will not be rescheduled in 2020. Of the five rounds of the 2020 UCI Trial World Cup, three are canceled: those in Salzburg (Austria), Val di Sole (Italy) and Lenzerheide (Switzerland). To date, those of Wadowice (Poland) and Il Ciocco (Italy) remain. Regarding urban cycling, the World Championship that brings together the BMX Freestyle (Park and Flatland) and the Test Worlds, will not take place in 2020, due to the world health situation.

The UCI 2020 Grand Fund World Championship scheduled for Vancouver (Canada) from 9 to 12 September has been canceled but the UCI reminds that the UCI 2020 Road World Championships, scheduled in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland, from 20 to September 27, after recent announcements by the Federal Council and discussions with the organizing committee and the 'all interested parties of the event' .

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