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Cycling union confirms rescheduling of Tour, Giro, Vuelta

Paris, Apr 15 (efe-epa).- The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirmed Wednesday that due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the sport’s premier event, the Tour de France, will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 20, with the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España to follow.

The revised 2020 road race calendar was approved during a videoconference involving representatives from the event organizations, teams and riders, the UCI said in a statement.

Normally, the Giro is run in May and the Tour de France begins in late June, while the Vuelta a España starts in mid-August.

While the Giro was postponed more than a month ago, until this week, Tour organizers hoped to hold their competition as scheduled, but French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision this week to extend a prohibition on public events until the middle of July put an end to that aspiration.

The UCI explained the decision to prioritize the Tour de France in the adjusted schedule.

“Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy and its exposure, in particular for the teams that benefit on this occasion from unparalleled visibility,” the sport’s governing body said.

The UCI WorldTour season will begin no sooner than Aug. 1.

The respective national championship competitions are to be held on the weekend of Aug. 22-23, a week before the Tour de France is set to begin in Nice.

On Sept. 20, as the Tour is winding up in Paris, the week-long 2020 UCI Road World Championships will get under way in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland.

Next up will be the Giro d’Italia, and then the Vuelta a España, though no dates were specified.

The five prestigious one-day road races known collectively as the Monuments: Milan-San Remo; the Tour of Flanders; Paris-Roubaix; Liège-Bastogne-Liège; and Il Lombardia, “will all take place this season, at dates still to be defined,” the UCI said, adding that the aim is to hold “as many events as possible” within the existing constraints.

By May 15, the UCI is expecting to be in a position to publish an updated version of the entire UCI International Calendar, comprising men’s and women’s races across all cycling disciplines.

“I would like to pay tribute to the representatives of the organizers, teams and riders for their collaboration and their commitment in these difficult times,” UCI president David Lappartient said.

In addition to making a start on the new schedule, he said, “we have established a framework that will allow the fundamental rights of teams’ riders and staff to be preserved, while enabling the measures necessary for the survival of these teams to be taken.”

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