UCI boss Lappartient: ‘miracle’ if Tour Paris succeeds and World Cup continues

This year a World cycling championship will be organized, although the location is not yet known. President David Lappartient of the international cycling union UCI confirmed the news in Nice, where the Tour de France will start on Saturday.

“It goes on, there are a number of candidates in Europe. That’s all I can say right now”, said Lappartient, who does suspect that there will be a limited programme. According to the Frenchman the preparation time is too short to organize all categories.

Italian Tuscany then showed interest in taking over the event and the Netherlands would also be in the picture. It is unclear when a decision will be made about this.

‘Miracle needed to get to Paris’

In the meantime, Lappartient realizes that it will be a tough job to complete the Tour as a whole. “It is already a miracle that we are here now, and the second miracle is when we reach Paris. But I believe in two miracles”, the Frenchman kept the courage.

“I think we’re going to make it, because all teams are aware of the seriousness. All noses are in the same direction.”

Return Tour Feminin?

Lappartient also showed himself to be an advocate of women’s cycling. Tour organizer ASO had already indicated its intention to organize a multi-day race for women in 2022, the successor of the Tour Feminin which was held under the name La Grande Boucle Fรฉminin for the last time in 2009.

Lappartient was also an advocate of women’s cycling

“I’m pushing that a lot, just like I pushed the arrival of Paris-Roubaix for women this year. Women’s cycling is growing: more teams are coming, there is more interest and TV coverage and the level is rising. A race like this also makes a big contribution to that.”

In 2022 there should be fifteen WorldTour teams for women, now there are eight. It is also the intention that in 2023 the minimum salary for the riders will be raised to the level of the men (now 37.000 euro per year).

“I was shocked when I became president of the UCI in 2017 and saw how underpaid women were compared to men. That’s what we want to equalize in two years’ time.”