Road cyclists will have the European Championships in Plouay just before the Tour de France

Updates: 06.07.2020 15:34

Paris – The European Road Cycling Championship will be hosted by the French city of Plouay in Brittany from 24 to 28 August, just before the Tour de France. The new date and venue were announced today by the Continental Union UEC. Originally, the riders were supposed to fight for European medals in Trentino in September, but due to the uncertain situation related to the coronavirus infection, the Italians will organize the championship in a year.

“Given the extremely difficult season due to the Covid-19, the possibility of hosting the European Championships is undoubtedly a great success,” said UEC President Rocco Cattaneo. The calendar is completely different than before the March outbreak of the pandemic. The Tour de France has been given a new date since August 29, and most of the national championships will take place just before the European Championships.

The Czech cyclists will ride the national championship in Mladá Boleslav from 20 to 22 August instead of in Opočno in June. During the European Championship, a one-off classic included in the World Tour Bretagne Classic Ouest-France series will take place in Plouay. It has a date of August 25, ie between the time trial and the race with a mass start of the men’s elite at the European Championships.