UCI extends cycling calendar suspension until June 1
Apr 02 2020 01:18 am CET

UCI extends cycling calendar suspension until June 1
UCI extends cycling calendar suspension until June 1
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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has decided to prologue the suspension of the cycling calendar until June 1, 2020.

At the middle of March 2020, the cycling governing body took the decision of suspending all the events 'at least until 3 April 2020' but the world pandemic of coronavirus has changed those dates. The UCI consulted with the AIOCC (organisers), AIGCP (teams) and the CPA (riders) and they decided to prologue the suspension dates.

"Following the meeting, given the severity of the health situation throughout the world, the UCI and its stakeholders unanimously decided to prolong the suspension of cycling competitions until 1 June 2020, and until further notice," said the governing body through a statement. "The UCI also decided that this extension would apply to all cycling disciplines and all categories of riders.

"In its role of governing body of our sport, the UCI is working on a framework for the future UCI International Road Calendar, based on its exchanges with the stakeholders and giving priority to the three Grands Tours and cycling’s Monuments. The result of this internal work will be communicated when the conditions are right."

Although the UCI already had communicated its decision to extend the season until November 1, 2020, now it doesn't rule out the possibility of extending it even more "depending on the date racing resumes, when this is known."

The economic repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis on the cycling world was also discussed by the parties involved. "Fully aware of the consequences of the current crisis on the professional peloton, the UCI and cycling’s families also approved the creation of a working group, composed of representatives of our Federation, the CPA and the AIGCP, which will come up with concrete initiatives concerning notably the riders’ contracts and the situation of the teams in the context of the current inactivity linked to the pandemic," the statement continued.

"In this extremely difficult context, the UCI – as cycling’s world body – will continue its consultations with the different families to find the best solutions for our sport. In this period of widespread incertitude, which is weakening the financial situation of all involved, the UCI again calls on everyone to be united, responsible and strong."



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