UCI working group to plan resumption of women’s road cycling
The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, is bringing together key stakeholders to explore how to revive women’s road cycling this year, with a target date of 15 May to have a new schedule in place.
With all Women's WorldTour racing suspended until 1 August due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UCI has created a working group to map out a revised calendar and to identify key dates and races.
The group includes members of the AIOCC, the race organisers association, the newly launched women’s team association UNIO, CPA Women and the UCI Athletes’ Commission.
It will hold its first meeting next week and hopes to finalise a roadmap for a return to racing by mid-May.
UCI president David Lappartient said: “With our partners, we propose new dates for the UCI Women’s WorldTour events as soon as possible, naturally, in so far as the world health situation enables us to do so. Faced with this immense challenge, we must [now], 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.”
The formation of the working group comes after the UCI came in for criticism from some female riders for overlooking the women’s calendar while releasing new dates for the men's Tour de France, now set to begin 29 August.
The UCI said that with guidance from the working group it will consider revising participation rules for the number of riders per team at the start of races in the women's 2020 calendar, including UCI Women’s WorldTour events.
It added that it would work towards an agreement with the teams enabling those “facing serious financial difficulties in the current context of the pandemic to take necessary measures for their survival while preserving the rights of their riders and staff. This measure has already been introduced for men’s professional cycling."