Orgnaisers of the Prudential RideLondon Classique expressed their disappointment at finding out the UCI did not select the event to be part of the 2020 Women’s WorldTour. Hugh Brasher, event director, said that he will re-open discussions with the UCI in hopes it will reconsider adding the one-day race back on the calendar for next year.
“We are extremely disappointed to have been informed that the UCI Management Committee has decided to remove the 2020 Prudential RideLondon Classique from the UCI Women’s WorldTour,” said Brasher.
“As the committee was aware, we had to move the date of the Prudential RideLondon Classique, as a one-off measure for 2020, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games.”
The UCI announced the 22-race calendar on Wednesday that will see the top-tier series start in Australia at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Two races were noticeably absent: Prudential RideLondon Classique and Emakumeen Bira. RideLondon moved it’s race date to avoid conflict with the Olympic Games, but it overlapped with the Ladies Tour of Norway [August 13-16].
The UCI stated in it’s press release, “The requested change [for RideLondon] means the race would take place during the Ladies Tour of Norway, a well-established event in the leading series of women’s professional road cycling which offers television coverage that fully complies with the organisers’ specifications.
“The UCI wishes to avoid an overlapping of events that could lead to logistical difficulties for teams wishing to participate in all UCI Women’s WorldTour events: this is one of the fundamental principles of the series’ calendar. Due to the popularity of the event and the quality of its organisation, the UCI hopes that conditions will allow the Prudential RideLondon Classique to return to the UCI Women’s WorldTour in future years.”
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