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Hello again, CyclingTips readers.
We cross over the midway point of the week with news that could be tough for fans of racing in the dirt to hear, as the 2020 editions of both the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and SBT GRVL have been cancelled.
The pair of events had been scheduled for the same weekend (Leadville on August 15 and SBT on August 16) and some particularly adventurous racers had been targeting the LeadBoat Challenge of completing both events back to back.
Instead, riders will have to wait until next year. On the bright side for potential racers, organizers of both events have announced that participants can either defer their entries or request a refund.
Until next time, readers.
| SBT GRVL, Leadville Trail 100 cancelled for 2020
Two of the marquee events of the American off-road racing scene have been cancelled for 2020.
Organizers of the SBT GRVL race announced on Wednesday morning that this year’s race has been cancelled amid coronavirus concerns. A few hours later, organizers of the Leadville Race Series announced that all events – including the popular Leadville Trail 100 MTB race – are cancelled for this year following a decision by officials in Lake County, Colorado, to call off all large events this summer.
Both events are offering registrants a choice to either defer entry to the future, or request a refund.
| Ulissi renews with UAE-Team Emirates
Diego Ulissi will ride on with UAE-Team Emirates for a further two seasons.
The 30-year-old Italian, a six-time Giro d’Italia stage winner, has signed an extension to stick with the squad until 2022.
| CCC-Liv: Sponsors still fulfilling agreements
While the future of the men’s CCC team is clouded by uncertainty amid reports that Polish footwear brand CCC will withdraw its sponsorship after 2020, things may not be as dire for the women’s CCC-Liv team, Cyclingnews reports.
“We would like to emphasize that CCC-Liv (Women’s WorldTour) is a standalone entity, meaning that we have our own sponsorship agreements with CCC (and other sponsors),” a team spokesperson told Cyclingnews.
“Until today all sponsors have fulfilled their obligations. There’s no reason to assume that we cannot ‘survive’ this season.”
| Pozzovivo has surgery
TuttoBiciWeb reports that Domenico Pozzovivo underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a nail and four screws that were inserted into his leg following a collision with a car during a training ride in August that left him seriously injured.
Pozzovivo has returned home after the operation and is now expected to spend the next 10 days recovering.
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Today’s featured image of Diego Ulissi in time trial mode at the 2019 Giro d’Italia comes from Cor Vos.