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WorldTour racing season to end early with the cancellation of races in China

Joseph Delves
12 Aug 2020

Final UCI WorldTour race of the year off as Tour of Guangxi organiser asks for race to be cancelled

The year’s final UCI WorldTour race has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The Gree-Tour of Guangxi, which was to have taken place from 5th to 10th November has been pulled from the calendar.

‘Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic linked to the novel coronavirus, the Union Cycliste Internationale confirms that the UCI WorldTour events that were to take place in China this year have been cancelled at the request of their organisers,’ explained the UCI in a statement.

Traditionally the final event in the season, last year the Gree-Tour of Guangxi was held in mid-October but had been provisionally pushed back due to the delayed start to racing. First launched in 2017, the six-day stage race is the lowliest ranked in the UCI calendar.

However, with all UCI WorldTeams mandated to send teams to events that are part of the WorldTour, it’s traditionally attracted a strong field of riders looking to mop up a few points to round off the year.

Its first edition was won by Enric Mas, followed by Gianni Moscon, and most recently Tim Wellens.

Two UCI Women’s WorldTour events which were due to be raced around the same time, the Tour of Chongming Island and the Tour of Guangxi, have also been cancelled.

The move means the 2020 UCI WorldTour will now finish with the Vuelta a España. Due to run from 20th October to 8th November, this last Grand Tour will likely be the final outing for many riders this year.

Taking place on the final day of the Vuelta, the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge will also pull the curtain on the Women’s WorldTour.

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