What should have been the 5th round of the 2020 UCI Downhill World Cup in Andorra has been cancelled at the request of the organisers.
After Fort William was cancelled, Andorra would have been the opening round of the 2020 UCI World Cup series, originally the 5th stop on the downhill circuit. Andorra was also due to host the XCO and XCC second rounds also.
Downhillers will now await Mont Saint Anne in Canada at the tail end of August for their opening round of the season, while the cross country pinners should hopefully get their first taste of action a fortnight ahead of their gravity brethren.
Read the full press release from the UCI below.
“Due to the current pneumonia pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the sixth round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place in Vallnord Pal Arinsal, Andorra, from 19 to 21 June has been cancelled at the request of its organisers.
In light of the current situation, the UCI fully supports the fact that the running of the event would have potentially presented a health risk to riders, to everyone involved in the event and to fans, and could have contributed to the spread of Covid-19.
The UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike community after the decision made to cancel the Vallnord Pal Arinsal event and would like to thank the organising committee for its cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.”