The UCI is alert to a calendar reorganization

After the cancellations of various races due to the pandemic, the agency must include them again in future dates.


After the cancellation or postponement of races such as the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Vuelta al Algarve, Vuelta a Andalucía and others, the president of the UCI, the Frenchman David Lappartient, has assured that the organization he directs is closely following the situation with regular meetings with all levels of cycling.

"We will do our best to maintain as many races as possible. In February, we will have races in France, the Estrela de Bessèges, the Tour de la Provence, the Tour des Alpes Maritimes and du Var and the Drôme-Ardèche Buckles, while that in Spain the Almería Classic will be held. The UAE Tour will take place in the Emirates, but it is obvious that we are closely following what is happening. " Lappartient is holding meetings every week with the UCI road department, and every fortnight with the Association of Professional Cyclists (ACP), the AIGCP (Association of Teams) and the AIOCC (Association of Organizers) ", says David Lappartient in Direct Vélo.

For Lappartient, it will be necessary to "tidy up" the calendar to prevent all teams and riders from opting for the same races. "We would end up with weeks where there are five or six races. We are waiting for the month of March to first see which races are actually canceled and then decide on a reorganization of the schedule."

At the time of relocating postponed races, David Lappartient commented on the idea of avoiding the coincidence of tests with the Tour de France by television coincidence, although it is an unlikely event. "Not everyone does the Tour and cyclists need to race." It will also be a complicated year when it comes to reorganizing the calendar due to the Olympic Games dispute. For the second year in a row, cycling could see a good number of races condensed at the end of the season. The UCI awaits events.

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