The president of the International Cycling Union, David Lappartient, confirms that he agrees with the proposals of the One Cycling reform project that would bring international cycling a major reorganization of the WorldTour calendar.

One of the main changes would be the celebration of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders in the month of October, as was done in 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to reorganize the calendar. The audiences were fantastic,” he commented in statements given to the French media DirectVelo.

These possible date changes would not take place before 2026 and would only affect the one-week races and the classics, so there is time for the organization to adjust all the details.

“We have to organize the WorldTour calendar in a way that reduces our emissions and does not move from one part of the planet to another every month,” added Lappartient. The dates of the cycling events would follow a natural flow to avoid unnecessary travel.

The UCI has a clear objective: to reduce the emissions and carbon footprint of cycling teams and events by 50% by 2030. To achieve this, Lappartient is committed to the use of electric vehicles, be they cars and buses. of equipment and also avoid long trips.

“Instead of going five or six times a year to a country, it is better to collect the races in a period of time. The classics weeks are magnificent. The runners are in Flanders for three weeks and they don’t move. It is good for everyone,” suggested the UCI president.

Source: DIario AS