The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced the dates of its new calendar following the postponement of numerous cycling races and events.
With regards to A.S.O.’s UCI World Tour events, return to play will begin with the Critérium du Dauphiné from the 12th to the 16th August, over 5 days instead of the usual 8. It will be essential in preparing the riders for the Tour de France from the 29th August to the 20th September. Clermont-Ferrand will be the scene of the start-line and the finish will be judged in Megève as initially planned (see the stage list below).
It will be the women who kick-off the 107th edition of the Tour de France as they take on La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ on the 29th August, on the same route as the first stage of the men’s Tour de France in Nice. The famous women’s event was originally going to take place on the Champs-Elysées.
Usually a part of the spring schedule, the Ardennes Classics will be organized in the autumn with the Flèche Wallonne on the 30th September and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on the 4th October.
The women’s editions of these two events will also take place on the same dates.
Paris-Roubaix is now in the calendar for the 25th October and the autumnal weather could pay a vital role, with it not having rained on the Queen of the Classics since 2002.
To reinforce the women’s UCI World Tour calendar, a women’s Paris-Roubaix will take place for the first time as a prologue to the men’s race. All of the practical information concerning the distance, start-line and timings is yet to be finalized but will be communicated shortly. The organization of a women’s Paris-Roubaix is a clear indicator of A.S.O.’s commitment to the development of women’s sport.
We are delighted that the Union Cycliste Internationale, with the support of the different parties involved in the world of cycling, has succeeded in maintaining these prestigious races for 2020 despite the difficult circumstances we are facing at this time. It goes without saying that A.S.O. will be organizing all of these events in strict compliance with the sanitary regulations and advice.
A.S.O. would like to warmly thank the communities and partners concerned, who accepted these changes and who fervently supported the planning of these magnificent races.
A.S.O. Men’s and Women’s UCI World Tour Calendar 2020:
Critérium du Dauphiné: Wednesday 12th August- Sunday 16th August
Wednesday 12th August: Clermont-Ferrand / Saint-Christo-en-Jarez
Thursday 13th August: Vienne / Col de Porte
Friday 14th August: Corenc / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Saturday 15th August: Ugine / Megève
Sunday 16th August: Megève / Megève
La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ: Saturday 29th August
Tour de France: Saturday 29th August – Sunday 20th September
La Flèche Wallonne Men and Women: Wednesday 30th September
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Men and Women: Sunday 4th October
Paris-Roubaix Men and Women: Sunday 25th October
La Vuelta: Tuesday 20th October – Sunday 8th November