The President of the International Cycling Union, David Lappartient, confirms that it agrees with the proposals of the One Cycling reform project This would mean an important reorganization of the WorldTour calendar for international cycling. One of the most important changes would be the celebration of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders in the month of October, as was the case in 2021.”The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rearrange the calendar. The audience was fantastic.“, he commented in statements to the French media DirectVelo.
These possible date changes They would not take place until 2026 and would only affect week-long races and classic. “We need to organize the WorldTour calendar so that we reduce our emissions and don’t move from one part of the planet to another every month,” added Lappartient. The dates of the cycling events would follow a natural progression to avoid unnecessary travel.
The UCI has a clear goal: Reduce emissions and the carbon footprint of cycling teams and events by 50% by 2030. To achieve this, Lappartient relies on the use of electric vehicles, be they cars or team buses, and also avoids long journeys. “Instead of traveling to a country five or six times a year, it is better to collect the races in a specific period. The classic weeks are great. The runners are in Flanders for three weeks and don’t move. It’s good for everyone“, suggested the President of the UCI.
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