The official presentation of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships took place on Wednesday 25 September in Yorkshire (GBR) during the 2019 UCI Road World Championships (22-29 September).
The routes that will provide the stage for the 11 competitions of Aigle-Martigny 2020 - Home of Cycling were unveiled by Alexandre Debons and Grégory Devaud, Co-presidents of the organising committee in the presence of David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale; Frédéric Favre, State Councillor in the canton of Valais; Philippe Leuba, State Councillor in the canton of Vaud; François Voeffray, Swiss Embassy delegate; and Patrick Hunger, Co-president of Swiss Cycling’s directing committee.
In the auditorium at Harrogate Convention Centre, cycling’s major players discovered the details of the different courses. The climb to the Petite Forclaz is expected to make a memorable impact on the Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s and Under 23 Men’s road races.
Yorkshire hosted the first ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, a competition that will also be one of the highlights of the 2020 Aigle-Martigny Championships, where the Netherlands will aim to conserve their rainbow jersey.
Switzerland is a land of cycling and 2020 will be the 12th time that the country has hosted the UCI Road World Championships. However, it is a first for the cantons of Vaud and Valais.
David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI):
“In a little over a year, we will gather again to witness a legendary edition of the UCI Road World Championships, an event that is expected to be an exceptional sporting show. There was Sallanches in 1980. There will be Aigle-Martigny in 2020. This event, on the UCI’s home turf, will leave a long-lasting mark on the present and future generations, of that I’m certain.”
Alexandre Debons and Grégory Devaud, Co-presidents of the Association for the organisation of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships.
“The UCI has granted us the privilege to organise the 2020 Road World Championships, a challenge that we have proudly taken up.
Is there a better way to promote Switzerland and the cantons of Vaud and Valais than welcoming, over the course of eight days, the world’s best male and female riders, while thousands of fans cheer them on along the roads and millions of viewers watch them across the globe?”