The World Cycling Championships are definitely not held in Switzerland. The event was canceled by the organization on Wednesday due to the corona measures in the Alpine country. The international cycling union UCI is now looking for an alternative location.
The World Cup would normally take place this year from 20 to 27 September in and around Aigle and Martigny.
However, the Swiss government earlier on Wednesday extended the ban on major events with more than a thousand spectators through September. That was the deciding factor not to organize the World Cup.
“We are sad and disappointed,” said Grégory Devaud and Alexandre Debons of the organizing committee in a statement. “We have worked hard on this for almost two years to create a great event on an exceptional course.”
According to the organization, the restrictions to apply social distancing and to manage the flow of spectators are an “insurmountable obstacle”. “We are aware that the national and global health situation requires necessary precautions and we also value anyone affected by the coronavirus,” the organization said.
UCI is looking for an ‘equally challenging’ route
The UCI now wants the event to take place preferably in Europe on the originally planned dates. Some disciplines may be deleted. A decision will be made no later than 1 September.
“The UCI will be looking for a host location that is able to offer a route as challenging as the one in Aigle and Martigny and therefore suitable for the same riders who initially planned to compete in Switzerland,” the report said. cycling federation in a statement.
Last year the World Championships were held in Yorkshire, British. Then the Dane Mads Pedersen surprisingly took the world title on the road and Annemiek van Vleuten soloed to gold in the women.