The unknown of the rainbow jersey

Following the UCI announcement that the World Cups will not be held in Switzerland, Mads Pedersen is looking forward to whether he will defend his world title this year or retain it until 2021.


The announcement of the Aigle-Martigny organization that it will not host the 2020 Road Cycling World Championships due to the measures and restrictions of the Swiss Government to fight the coronavirus has again sowed doubts about the celebration of the championships in this 2020.

The UCI already announced this Wednesday through a statement that its objective is to find a route similar to the one planned in Aigle-Martigny to be able to celebrate the championships from 20 to 27 September, as planned, and several areas of France or Italy They point as candidates to host the World Cup event. However, what would happen if the UCI cannot find that route and is forced to cancel the Road World Championships in 2020? 444 444

This measure could benefit the Danish Mads Pedersen. The Trek-Segafredo rider, world champion in Yorkshire 2019, has barely been able to wear the rainbow jersey in the last year due to the calendar stoppage due to the pandemic and will now try to show himself in the next races with the garment if the World Cups are finally held in this 2020.

Pedersen has only been able to wear the rainbow jersey in 30 days of racing since winning it. In 2019 he raced with him in the Tour de l'Eurometropole, Tres Valles Varesinos and Milan-Turin and in 2020 he has worn it in the Tour Down Under, Race Torquay, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels- Kuurne and Paris-Nice before the break. On his return to competition, Pedersen also wore the garment in the Tour of Burgos and the Tour of Poland, where he won in the second stage to end the 'curse of the rainbow'.

Pedersen is expected to race at Dwars door het Hageland (this Saturday, August 15) and the Tour de France (August 29-September 20), in what could be his last race as a rainbow jersey if the UCI finds an alternative route to the of Aigle-Martigny. Otherwise Pedersen could extend his rainbow reign for another year.

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