World Cycling Championships have been canceled

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29 September 2019 Road World Championships (Yorkshire, GREAT BRITAIN) Men Elite Peloton Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

The World Cycling Championships, scheduled to take place in Switzerland in September, have been canceled. This is confirmed by the Swiss organizers

World Cycling Championships in Swiss Aigle Martigny, which should have been held 20-27. September, has been canceled. This is stated by the Swiss organizers in a press release.

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The reason is that the assembly rules in Switzerland until the end of September only allow gatherings of up to 1000 people. In addition, Switzerland continues to quarantine people coming to travelers from 45 countries, which does not exactly promote the desire to participate.

  • We are sad and disappointed. We have worked hard for more than two years to deliver a fantastic event on an extraordinary route, say the two presidents of the World Cup bid, Grégory Devaud and Alexandre Debons.

In principle, a World Cup could easily be held with a lot of restrictions, but the organizers have basically only the income that the audience puts into such an event, and without them the championships would generate a huge deficit.

The fact that the World Cup in Switzerland has been canceled does not mean that we will not have a World Cup in 2020. The International Cycling Union (UCI) is working to find an alternative location – and possibly a new era – to run the World Cup. It states in a statement:

  • As we are aware that time is essential for the riders, the national federations and for all parties involved, the UCI will communicate more information as soon as possible and a final decision will be made by 1 September, it reads.

If the venture does not succeed, Mads Pedersen will be allowed to run another season in the rainbow-colored jersey he won when he was first over the line last year at the World Championships in Yorkshire.