UCI: New women’s calendar by May 15 ‘at the latest’
The UCI has announced that it is working with race organizers and representatives of the women’s peloton to formulate plans on what a rescheduled 2020 season might look like.
The announcement comes just over a week after the UCI unveiled some details about its plans for altering the men’s racing calendar. Although Thursday’s statement offers little concrete information that has not been reported elsewhere already, it does confirm that the UCI is working with organizers, teams, representatives of the women’s division of the CPA, and Marianne Vos “in her role as of member of the UCI Athletes’ Commission and riders’ representative on the UCI Road Commission, as part of the process.
The UCI says it is hoping to draw up a revised calendar within the next few weeks.
“With our partners, we will propose new dates for UCI Women’s WorldTour events as soon as possible, naturally in so far as the world health situation enables us to do so,” said UCI President David Lappartient. “Faced with this immense challenge, we must more than ever remain united, responsible and strong to get our sport back into action, all the while maintaining the priority of the health of athletes and all concerned parties.”
According to the UCI, some 800 events across the various cycling disciplines have requested postponement or cancellation, constituting about a third of the international women’s racing calendar thus far.
The UCI outlined the various difficulties associated with formulating a revised calendar, but also laid out a few items that are settled as part of the process.
The statement confirmed that a working group comprising “representatives of the UCI, the AIOCC, UNIO, CPA Women and the UCI Athletes’ Commission” is in communication with the intent of drawing up rescheduling plans. According to the statement, part of those plans could include “the revision of the participation rules and of the number of riders per team” for the events ahead on the calendar.
Conversations have also settled on a “framework agreement” that facilitates any teams suffering from financial issues due to the current circumstances taking “necessary measures for their survival while preserving the rights of their riders and staff.”
The working group will meet in the coming weeks with a goal of announcing a revised Women’s WorldTour calendar “by May 15 at the latest.”
Various media reports and announcements from organizers have already provided some idea of what the future may hold for a number of major races on the calendar. RAI reported this week that the Giro Rosa could be rescheduled to September, while Trofeo Binda organizers announced on Thursday that 2020 edition of their race has definitively been cancelled.