UCI Release Statement Confirming Postponement of Lousa World Cup.

As expected, the UCI have released a statement this morning that the World Cup in Lousa has indeed been postponed.

After all the rumours going about yesterday, the UCI have released an official statement regards the postponement of the opening round of the 2020 UCI Downhill World Cup in Lousa.

Thanks to James at Misspent Summers for the hunting out the link in UCI’s hard to find ‘Press Release’ section of their website.

You can read the full UCI statement here.

“Due to the current pneumonia epidemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which has also affected Portugal in recent days, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the opening round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place at Louzanpark in Lousã on 21 and 22 March will not take place on the scheduled dates.”

Racers will now have until the first weekend in May to steel themselves for whatever Maribor has coming for them.

The UCI and the Lousa organisers will look to reschedule their event hoping that Coronavirus doesn’t get in the way again while they try and slot a World level event into an already packed schedule.

Riders with expiring World Cup points will have to plead their case or likely go on the hunt for more like Cathro did in Barcelona last week, those with points aplenty will need to get back on the training wagon and aim to peak come Slovenia.