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World Championships in Switzerland cancelled due to coronavirus

Joseph Delves
12 Aug 2020

The UCI is hoping to stage some races in an alternative location, although timing could make this impossible. Photo: Chris Auld

The UCI has confirmed it’s cancelling the 2020 World Championships in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland. The races which cover road and time-trial disciplines had been scheduled to take place between 20th and 27th of September.

The move came after the Swiss Federal Council extended current anti-Covid-19 measures in the country. These restrict public gatherings to under 1,000 people until 30th September, making it impossible to hold the events as scheduled.

‘Given this decision, the organising committee of the Aigle-Martigny 2020 UCI Road World Championships and the political authorities of the cantons concerned have sadly estimated that the conditions could no longer be met to host the event scheduled to take place in Aigle (Vaud) and Martigny (Valais),’ explained the UCI in a statement confirming the move.

‘The UCI, therefore, acknowledges that the 2020 UCI Road World Championships will not take place in Aigle-Martigny. It would like to sincerely thank the organisers, cities and cantons as well as the Swiss Confederation, partners and volunteers for their work over the last months during this extremely difficult international health crisis that we are all going through’.

Arguably the most important races of the year, the UCI had been planning to bring the event to its home nation of Switzerland. Earlier today, the Australian cycling authority had announced it wouldn’t be sending any Under-23 or junior riders due to concerns around coronavirus.

The UCI will now face a severe test in finding a new venue. Its statement made clear that priority will be given to holding the events in Europe and at the dates initially scheduled.

However, with many states having border controls on people entering from particular areas, it will be a struggle to accommodate the around 1,200 participants, along with the huge number of support staff.