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RideLondon Classique removed from the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar

Laura Trott RideLondon
Joseph Delves
26 Jun 2019

New date for the popular London event leads to calendar clash and loss of status

Next year’s RideLondon event looks set to be held later than usual over the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August. However, this new later date means that the women’s race will now clash with the Ladies Tour of Norway.

The move in part comes from a desire not to compete with the Olympics, which take place earlier in July and August. However, the overlap with the Ladies Tour of Norway has led the UCI to downgrade the RideLondon Classique’s current WorldTour status.

First run in 2013, the RideLondon Classique gained its spot on the top rung of the calendar in 2016. Over the years the race has attracted big name riders, in part thanks to boasting the highest ever value prize money for a women’s one-day event.

Matching that offered to the men, the last two editions have been won by Dutch rider Kirsten Wild.

‘The requested change means the race would take place during the Ladies Tour of Norway, a well-established event in the leading series of women’s professional road cycling which offers television coverage that fully complies with the organisers’ specifications,’ explained the UCI in a recent statement.

‘The UCI wishes to avoid an overlapping of events that could lead to logistical difficulties for teams wishing to participate in all UCI Women’s WorldTour events: this is one of the fundamental principles of the series’ calendar.

'Due to the popularity of the event and the quality of its organisation, the UCI hopes that conditions will allow the Prudential RideLondon Classique to return to the UCI Women’s WorldTour in future years.’

With the change partly due to the 2020 Olympics, it remains to be seen if the move and its attendant loss of status for the women’s race will become permanent.

In response to the news, RideLondon event director Hugh Brasher said: ‘We are extremely disappointed to have been informed that the UCI Management Committee has decided to remove the 2020 Prudential RideLondon Classique from the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

'As the committee was aware, we had to move the date of the Prudential RideLondon Classique, as a one-off measure for 2020, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games.

'We hope for the benefit of women’s cycling, where we have led the way in financial parity, that through the discussions I have had in the last 36 hours with David Lappartient, President of the UCI, and Tom van Damme, representing the UCI Management Committee, we will find a way for the UCI to be able to reconsider its decision and restore UCI WorldTour status to the Classique in 2020.'

This article was updated following the release of RideLondon's statement in reaction to the news

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