Northern Netherlands likely to host the 2020 Cycling World Championships
Mar 20 2018 02:17 pm CET

Northern Netherlands likely to host the 2020 Cycling World Championships
Northern Netherlands likely to host the 2020 Cycling World Championships
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The Dutch provinces of Drenthe and Groningen are very likely going to host the World Championships of 2020. Their candidacy was set for the event of 2023 but the UCI has asked them to move it by three years.

Italian cities Venice and Vincenza were the favourites to host the World Championships in 2020 but have withdrawn their candidacy in secret due to the lack of support of their population. The UCI now plans to replace them with Drenthe and Groningen, as is reported by Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden.

The population and politicians of Venice don't want any more attention in the city due to the mass tourism that is already almost causing a collapse of its historic centre, which forced UCI's president David Lappartient to contact the Foundation of Cycling Championships of the Northern Netherlands to ask them to host the event in 2020 instead of 2023.

Now the Foundation is studying the feasibility of the project and will have an official answer for the beginning of April. This event is set to last ten days and will be broadcasted all over the world.

The expectations are to get more than 350.000 visitors for the championships, which would represent a profit of around 25 million euros for the provinces. This could also end up in a big disappointment as happened with the organisation of the event in Bergen, Norway, that has recently declared its bankruptcy with a debt of more than 4 million euros.





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