Montréal, July 2, 2020 – On June 19, the International Cycling Union (UCI) published a protocol detailing procedures to be followed for resumption of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular as concerns health measures.
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Following careful and thorough analysis of the protocol along with the other instructions and recommendations issued, and after discussion with UCI sport and medical authorities, the organizers of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) are continuing with preparations for their events, scheduled for September 11 and 13. The GPCQM, the only UCI WorldTour races in the Americas, will be held one week before the UCI Road World Championships, taking place in Aigle and Martigny, Switzerland, from September 20 to 27, 2020.
Serge Arsenault, President of the GPCQM, made the following remarks on the subject.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been fully focused on how we should act in response to this unprecedented situation, monitoring ongoing developments, and working in accordance with the directives issued by the competent Canadian and Quebec authorities. We have the support of the cities of Québec and Montréal along with our other public- and private-sector partners, and remain convinced that we will be able to present two very-high-calibre races featuring the world’s best teams in mid-September.
We are particularly vigilant about changes in quarantine conditions and travel restrictions, especially with respect to measures that could be validated as professional sports, such as the National Hockey League, resume competitions. Since their very first editions, the GPCQM have established a rational organizational concept which includes, notably, a charter flight from Europe and unique hotels for all the riders and their entourage.
Over the past few months, we have maintained our focus and mapped out a number of scenarios for presenting the GPCQM. The health and safety of all stakeholders in our races, including spectators, the athletes, members of the team support personnel and our organization, are of course our main concern, and we are working to implement a protocol for implementing the necessary, adapted measures that will ensure full compliance with the health directives issued by all relevant authorities.
Every effort will be made to ensure the 2020 GPCQM are on the same level as the ten previous editions while maintaining the safety of everyone involved. We will keep you informed on the concrete progress of our work in mid-July.”