World cycling championship with only road race and time trial in Imola

The World cycling championship will be held from 24 to 27 September in Imola, Italy. This has been announced by the international cycling union UCI. Initially the World Championships would be held in Aigle-Martigny, but due to the tightened coronavirus measures in Switzerland this turned out not to be possible.

Imola’s famous race circuit will serve as the starting and finishing point of the races. The infrastructure of the circuit is particularly suitable for observing the corona measures.

The number of parts of the World Cup is limited: there will only be a road race and an individual time trial among the pros with both men and women.

According to the ICU, Imola and the Emilia-Romagna region have managed to offer an alternative course similar to Aigle-Martigny.

It is the thirteenth time that the World cycling championship will be held in Italy. The last time was in Florence in 2013. In 1968 the World Championships were also held in Imola. Then Keetie van Oosten-Hage captured the world title among women. In the male category the Italian Vittorio Adorni won.

Corona

The World cycling championship in Aigle-Martigny, on the calendar from 20 to 27 September, did not take place after the Swiss federal government’s decision to extend the ban on events with more than a thousand attendees until September.

After the successful NK cycling on and around the VAM mountain in Drenthe last month, the Dutch cycling union KNWU offered to organize the World Championships there this autumn. However, the UCI already appeared to have other plans.