The International Cycling Union has asked all event organizers to cancel the events until April 3.
As the sports world went to sleep with the coronavirus crisis, the International Cycling Union announced strong measures to in turn fight the spread of Covid-19. The most anticipated of them concerns the calendar of events. The UCI has asked the organizers to cancel all the events in the territories identified at risk by the World Health Organization until April 3.
However, the organizers did not wait for the recommendations of the cycling umbrella organization before making any decisions. Officials of the Tour of Flanders, scheduled for April 5, may announce the postponement or cancellation of the race on Monday. Paris-Roubaix, which is due to take place on April 12 in the North, should also fall by the wayside. The other classic, Gand-Wevelgem, scheduled for March 29 in Belgium, has been postponed to a later date.
The Tour of Italy, scheduled to kick off from Budapest on May 9, is adjourned until an unknown date. Nothing has been decided yet for the Tour de France, which in any case does not fall within the scope of the UCI press release. The Great Loop will take place from June 27, 2020 to July 19.
The International Cycling Union has also indicated that the classifications, all disciplines combined for the events on the UCI international calendar, will be frozen. Finally, the organization asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to suspend the qualification period for the Tokyo Games.