Biking worlds moved to Imola after Swiss host backs out

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — This month’s road biking world championships were moved to Imola, Italy, on Wednesday after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out due to the a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The revised tournament from Sept. 24-27 will feature ultimate elite men’s and females’s classes, doing away with junior and beneath-23 races.

“The large majority of the pause athletes within the elite men and females classes are already in Europe, rather than their youthful counterparts (juniors and beneath 23) whose national delegations, in a main different of cases, could maybe well now now not be ready to trail to Italy due to the trail restrictions imposed in a huge different of worldwide locations,” the Worldwide Biking Union said in a press originate.

The Swiss organizers of the championships, which had been supposed to be centered around Aigle, where the UCI depends mostly, said they could maybe now now not continue inside a federal restrict of 1,000 other folks for major events at some level of the coronavirus pandemic.

The races in Imola, which hosted the worlds in 1968, will all open and pause on the city’s auto racing circuit.

“I congratulate the Imola organizing committee for the very splendid quality of its bidding file which it succeeded in producing in a short lapse of time,” UCI president David Lappartient said. “I could maybe well also like to thank the three other candidates Peccioli (Italy), Alba Adriatica (Italy) and the Haute-Saône (France) who also sent solid files to the UCI. … It goes to illustrate that even on this sophisticated duration that we are going through, the UCI world championships are restful very enticing for cities and their areas.”

The fresh agenda facets the females’s particular person time trial on Sept. 24, the men’s time trial on Sept. 25, the females’s road bustle on Sept. 26 and the men’s road bustle on Sept. 27 — precisely per week after the Tour de France ends.


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