Cycling World Contemplating Change Of Routine
Cycling World lives pending due to the Covid-19. This virus that has disrupted all plans and that can cause a historic change within the Cycling world. Not only of the calendar, but how this discipline is understood today. World Tour teams with 27 cyclists, tight schedules with races all over the planet … There are many elements that could be affected by this crisis that, in some way, especially affects a sport with exclusive dependence on sponsors. Some sponsors that are publicly traded and that are falling in recent days. Some of them are even unable to operate and may even disappear.
In recent times, several hypotheses have been discussed. From Italy came information about the possibility of taking the Giro to October and reducing LaVuelta a España to two weeks. The only certainty today is that the UCI has banned any competition until June 1. The first race that continues in the calendar is the Tour de France. From ASO, the organizing company that is also in charge of orchestrating LaVuelta, they do not plan to move the ‘Grande Boucle’ scheduled from June 27 to July 19 although they are aware that the reality may be different. The final decision will be made in mid-May as the pandemic evolves. Of course, as director Prudhomme has publicly stated, it will not be played ‘behind closed doors’ like some stages of Paris-Nice.
LaVuelta, meanwhile, does not want to move either (from August 14 to September 6). Of course, from the Spanish round they are aware that the Tour de France is the key race on the calendar and that is why they would be willing to make changes to their dates as long as it is something agreed. What they do not intend is to reduce the round to two weeks as suggested by Italy. It is precisely the Giro d’Italia that has the most difficulty. It will not be held in May for logical reasons and they seek to find accommodation in September or October, nor do they conceive of being reduced to two weeks or running without an audience. At the moment, the ICU is listening to all those involved and looking for ways to establish a schedule that does the least possible damage . There are many Cycling races, yes, they will completely disappear from their dates in 2020 such as the Volta a Catalunya or the Tour of the Basque Country, despite the interest in seeking other solutions.