European Championships could take place in Brittany before the Tour de France – Cycling


The organizers of the Brittany Classic Ouest-France men and the Women’s Trophy of the Agglomeration GP of Plouay-Lorient WNT have offered to host the UEC European Road Championships this season.

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The event, which had previously been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, could now take place in Plouay before the reorganized Tour de France.


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Trentino, Italy was scheduled to host the European Championships between September 9 and 13 before the coronavirus epidemic, and the European Cycling Union (UEC) remains committed to taking part in 2021.

However, the governing body kept hope of organizing the event this season and according to a report by L’Equipe, the UEC contacted the mayor of Plouay, Gwen Le Nay, who in turn proposed this idea to the organizers of the WorldTour race.

“We are ready to organize the event,” explained Jean-Yves Tranvaux to L’Equipe, “while reorganizing the program and dates so as to always organize the Bretagne Classic and the GP of Plouay-Lorient”.

The Brittany Classic and the GP of Plouay-Lorient women were scheduled on August 25 and 26 but should be moved if Brittany hosts the European Championships.

The Tour must now start in Nice on August 29, which means that “the elite European men’s road race could then take place on Wednesday August 26, which would mean that the riders could then go from there to the Tour de France” , suggested Tranvaux. .

For the Tranvaux plan to work, the health authorities will have to give it their approval, but he is convinced that the organizers could organize a successful event.

“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.

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


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