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Glasgow to host European Cycling Championships 2018

Josh Cunningham
9 Feb 2017

Cycling one of seven sports forming part of new 'European Championships' between 2nd and 12th August

Glasgow is due to host the 2018 European Cycling Championships, as part of a bigger competition - the first of its kind - that will combine six other sports, between the 2nd and 12th of August. 

As well as cycling, 'The European Championships' will consist of swimming, gymnastics, golf, rowing, triathlon, and athletics competitions - the lattermost of which will be held in Berlin. Included in the cycling championships will be BMX, mountain bike, road and track disciplines. A total of 650 riders are expected to compete across the 11 days of cycling competition, racing for a total of 27 medal events. 

The UEC (European Cycling Union) have for a long time held European Championships for junior and under-23 riders on the road, but it was not until last year that an elite compeition was held - for both men and women. The event was held in Plumelec, France, with the road races won by Peter Sagan and Anna van der Breggen respectively, and the time trials by Jonathan Castroviejo and Ellen van Dijk.

After Herning, Denmark, in 2017, Glasgow will play host to the third such championships, and the first of its kind as part of the wider European Championship format. In 2014 the Scottish city hosted the Commonwealth Games, which included road cycling. 

'Glasgow will undoubtedly be the ideal setting for the four Olympic cycling disciplines which are on the programme of the first multi-sport European Championships,' said European Cycling Union President David Lappartient.

Meanwhile Colin Hartley, the Championships Director at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director, said: 'Staging these four disciplines at the same time in Glasgow in 2018 will not only be a spectacular opportunity for spectators to watch some of the world’s top names competing on the roads, track, mountain bike trails and BMX track, but will also showcase a sport that is integral to the city’s plans to increase participation across all types of cycling.

'Staging the road race on the streets of our city centre will also be a fantastic chance to showcase our best landmarks to a huge TV audience across our core tourist markets in Europe.'

The 2017 European Cycling Championships will be held in Herning, Denmark, from 2nd to 6th August.

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