The Road Cycling World Championships, scheduled for September 20-27 in Aigle Martigny, Switzerland, have been canceled due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by the organizers, explaining that following the decisions taken in these hours by the Swiss federal authorities, the major events that provide for the presence, for various reasons, of a thousand people are prohibited until September 30.
So organizing the World Cup becomes impossible.
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The UCI, the world federation, is looking for an alternative to carry out the World Cup, with a reduced formula (the two professional and professional online races) and, as reported by today's Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italy of President Di Rocco would be ready to host them.
But not only. The news of the cancellation, in the air for several weeks, was formalized by the UCI with a letter sent to the national federations. The letter underlines that the congress is also canceled and that a plan B is being worked on, to be defined within 15 days, to safeguard the athletes who were preparing for the World Cup.
The idea that currently prevails is that of a restricted program, therefore, and France appears to be the most likely destination. Tour de France 2024 could start from Italy! Tour de France 2024 could start from Italy, in particular or from Emilia-Romagna or from Tuscany.
To discuss what would be the first departure of the Grand Boucle in Italy the president of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini, the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and the chairman of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme.
It will be a news since years of absence. The goal, explains a note from the Emilia-Romagna Region, where the meeting was held, is to focus on Made in Italy thanks to the territorial realities involved, therefore culture, art, landscape, fashion, agri-food and tradition culinary, motors.
It would be a very important international showcase, for a sports festival capable of mobilizing fans everywhere and a tourist opportunity and enhancement of local excellence. Also linked to the tradition of Italian cycling, with characters who have won the Tour and who have made history like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Felice Gimondi and Marco Pantani.
Tour de France without the kisses of the misses The health regulations of the UCI, the world federation, are very clear: on the podium no one will pass the prizes to the winners. In fact the runners will remain 1.5 meters away and there will be a sort of self-award ceremony, that is, the runners themselves will take cups and medals.
So Tour de France 2020, which is the first major stage race on the schedule, from 29 August to 20 September, further clarifies the protocol, which will broadly reflect what we will also see in all the races: no miss kisses from the winner.
It had already happened in Paris-Nice in March, which was held behind closed doors. In France, however, a young man appears, a mister, and in this way he will be represented on the podium. In order to cut short even on the controversies, increasingly strong, on the presence of the miss at the awards ceremony of sporting events.
Meanwhile Chris Froome talked about his story with Ineos: "It has been a phenomenal decade with the team. We've achieved so much together and will always treasure memories," The 35 years-old British naturalized Kenyan champion has been made official as a new purchase by the Israeli team Israel Start Up Nation Diamant, but he certainly does not intend to give up the desire he has set for this 2020: "I await new exciting challenges as I move in the next phase of my career, but in the meantime my goal is to win a fifth Tour de France with Team Ineos."