Brittany ready to organize European championships before the Tour de France

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The previously postponed UEC European Road Championships could be disputed this season after all following an offer from the organizers of the Brittany Classic West-France men and the GP of Plouay-Lorient Agglomeration WNT Trophy women to organize the championships just before this date . Tour de France of the year, according to reports in the French media.

The 2020 European Championships were scheduled to take place in Trentino, Italy from September 9-13, but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on Italy, and should instead take place in the same location, at about the same time. time in 2021.

Although this plan remains in place, the European Cycling Union (UEC) has remained hopeful that it may still be possible to organize the 2020 championships on another site and, according to The team, the UEC contacted the mayor of Plouay, Gwen Le Nay, who in turn proposed to the organizers of the World Men’s WorldTour Day the Brittany Classic and the GP of Plouay-Lorient for the women.

“We are ready to organize the event,” said Jean-Yves Tranvaux The team Sunday, “while reorganizing the program and the dates so as to organize the Bretagne Classic and the GP of Plouay-Lorient again”.

The two organizers’ races had been scheduled for 25 and 26 August, but would probably be postponed to an earlier or – perhaps more likely – later date on the UCI calendar.

“The elite European men’s road race could then take place on Wednesday August 26, which would mean that the riders could then travel from there to the Tour de France,” said Tranvaux, the Tour having been postponed from August 29 to September 20. from Nice.

Although the news has not yet been formalized due to the fact that health authorities have yet to give the green light to the event, Tranvaux hopes that the championships will take place in the week before the Tour.

“I think we should know more in early June following the announcements that should be made as part of the second phase of deconfinement in France,” he said.

“Before being asked about the European Championships, we had already decided to limit access to the Plouay circuit to 3,000 people, with paid tickets and reservations on the internet,” revealed Tranvaux, referring to the circuit arrival of the Brittany Classic, which attracts most spectators for the day’s race.

“With 25 kilometers of barriers and an open space of seven hectares, we have the infrastructure to organize the event well, with the possibility of securing the site,” he said.

At last season’s European Championships, the elite women’s road race was won by the Dutch Amy Pieters, and the men’s road race was won by the Italian Elia Viviani.

The elite men’s time trial was won by Remco Evenepoel of Belgium while the Dutchwoman Ellen van Dijk won the women’s event.

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