The International Cycling Union (UCI) has set up a new calendar for the 2020 season. The dates of the Mondial d’Aigle-Martigny unchanged.
Departure on August 29 from Nice and arrival on September 20 in Paris: never, in its history, the Tour de France will have started so late, with a conclusion at the end of summer, according to the new dates formalized this Wednesday by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The decision came after the meeting held by ASO, the organizers of the centenary event and summit of the cycling season, with the UCI and representatives of the cycling families, teams and riders, many of whom are confined due to the pandemic. of coronavirus. The Great Loop, which was to take place from June 27 to July 19, is therefore postponed for two months.
Same route, except for a few details, same difficulties and same teams – unless one of them should disappear in the meantime. “It will not be a discount tour,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme, who however plans to reduce the airfoil for support. “There will probably be slightly fewer vehicles than in previous years,” he said of the advertising caravan, one of the attractions of the event, which usually drains some 10 to 12 millions of spectators according to the figures of its organizers.
The period of suspension of international competitions is extended by one month until July 1, also announced the UCI at the end of the meeting.
Aigle-Martigny: always from September 20 to 27
The dates of the Road Cycling World Championships, scheduled for Aigle-Martigny from September 20 to 27, remain unchanged. The men’s time trial will take place on Sunday 20, the line race on Sunday 27. For the UCI, these Worlds should “benefit from the impact of the Tour which will have ended seven days earlier”.
The postponement of the Tour de France notably results in a displacement of the Giro, then of the Vuelta, at the end of the season, after the world championships.
The new dates for the other major races postponed, in particular the “monuments” (great classics), have not yet been specified by the UCI, which has set the publication of the new calendar “no later than May 15”. But the UCI ensures that these races – notably Milan – Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Lombardy – will all “take place this season, on dates yet to be defined” .
“We have set up a framework which will make it possible to preserve the essential rights of the riders and the staff of the teams, while making it possible to take the measures necessary for the survival of the latter,” said UCI president David Lappartient, for whom it is a question of reconstructing “post-Covid-19 cycling”.