Volta a Catalunya gives up on 2020 and focuses on 100th edition in 2021
Apr 27 2020 09:38 pm CET

Volta a Catalunya gives up on 2020 and focuses on 100th edition in 2021
Volta a Catalunya gives up on 2020 and focuses on 100th edition in 2021
Volta a Catalunya

The organisation of the Volta a Catalunya has closed the doors to the race happening in 2020 and already prepares for 2021.

Although the race wanted to have a spot for its 100th edition later in 2020, it has already given up on this possibility and instead chose to focus on doing it next year. The Spanish race was set to be held at the end of March 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic forced it to be postponed and now definitely cancelled for the year.

"The absolute priority is to fight against the Covid-19 and stop its spreading," said the director of the Volta a Catalunya, Ruben Peris. "The cycling calendar that was unveiled officially by the UCI has been reduced to almost three months, and we are certain in that we want to celebrate our 100th edition with a maximum certainty and with the best world riders."

Considering that the organisation of big events is limited in Spain for the next months and that grand tours, the world championships and the cycling monuments are going to be a priority after September, the dates available for the race are very limited and that is why the decision about the race was taken.

"We know for sure that we don't want to do the Volta at any costs," Peris explained. "It wouldn't make sense to make it happen at the same time of the Tour, the Giro or the Vuelta, competing for audiences and riders. We don't consider either to reduce the number of days.

"That's why we believe that the most sensible and adequate option for us is to do it in the usual dates in 2021. We have to remain positive, and we are sure that the wait will be worth it. Even if we don't celebrate it in 2020, the edition of 2021 will be the 100th, this is a special date and a number that in stage races have only reached the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia."

The Volta a Catalunya had its first edition in 1911 and has been held continuously since 1939, after the end of the Spanish Civil War.
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