Per the UCI today, April 15th a new Pro Cycling Calendar was partially announced. From the horse’s mouth:
At a video conference meeting organised today by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic, which saw the participation of all the principal representatives of professional road cycling’s families – organisers (AIOCC, and leaders of ASO, RCS, Unipublic and Flanders Classics), teams (AIGCP) and riders (CPA) –, several decisions concerning the revision of the 2020 UCI International Road Calendar were unanimously agreed by the different parties concerned:
-The period of suspension of competitions on the UCI International Road Calendar was extended by one month, until 1st July, and until 1st August for UCI WorldTour events.
-The Tour de France is postponed and will take place this year from 29 August to 20 September. Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy and its exposure, in particular for the teams that benefit on this occasion from unparalleled visibility.
-The 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Aigle-Martigny (Switzerland) are maintained at the scheduled dates, 20-27 September. The competition programme does not change.
-The Giro d’Italia will take place after the UCI Worlds and will be followed by the Vuelta Ciclista a España.
-The National Championships, organised by the National Federations, will take place on the weekend of 22-23 August.
-The UEC European Road Championships are maintained.
-The most prestigious one-day road races (the Monuments), ie Milano-Sanremo (Italy), the Tour des Flandres (Belgium), Paris-Roubaix (France), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium) and Il Lombardia (Italy), will all take place this season, at dates still to be defined.
-As many events as possible on the UCI International Calendar, and notably the UCI WorldTour, will be rescheduled later in the season.
The UCI, in parallel and in close collaboration with the different parties concerned, continues its work to be able to announce, on 15 May 2020 at the latest, a revised version of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar and a new version of the entire UCI International Calendar (men’s and women’s races across all cycling disciplines). This calendar will nevertheless remain dependant on the world health situation.
Okay then! More news to come with all the other world tour events, other smaller races and the women’s road races. Fingers crossed that this new schedule will hold.
For the FSA-DS Competition, we will be removing the winter cycling races which were just put on the calendar as a fun exercise, and we will be updating the women’s and mens calendar as the new dates for all the races get announced. (The Tour de France dates have already been changed.) I suppose that a bunch of smaller fall races will be cancelled? We will see. Will the lead up races to the Tour of Flanders be rescheduled also? We’ll know May 15th, a month from now. Surely though (some) race dates will get leaked before then.
Whoo-hoo! Fall Racing! Snow at the Vuelta! The Race of the Falling Leaves may already have had its leaves already fallen! A cold rainy fall day for Paris-Roubaix!
Happy spring everybody!