As a consequence of the very serious situation concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and the related measures adopted by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on March 15th, Tour of the Alps organizing company GS Alto Garda acknowledges the impossibility for the 44th edition of the Euro-regional stage race to be held on the planned dates – from April 20th to 24th, 2020.
“It is very hard for us, as for many other organizers dealing with the same issues – said Giacomo Santini, the President of GS Alto Garda – but we all are clearly going through a unique and very serious juncture, in which public health and safety must come before and above any other consideration.”
The UCI’s request to “cancel any cycling event on the UCI International Calendar in territories identified at risk by the World Health Organization” will duly be enacted by GS Alto Garda.
In agreement with the three involved territorial sponsors – Trentino Marketing, IDM Südtirol and Tirol Werbung, – the Tour of the Alps will evaluate the opportunity of requesting a postponement in the 2020 calendar. As reported in the official release, “the UCI will communicate at a later stage the possible reallocation of new dates, according to the possibilities offered by the UCI International Calendar but without any guarantee.”
“Reducing the risk for the populations and returning to normality as soon as possible shall be regarded as priorities over everything else,” – continued Santini. “When, hopefully soon, sports events will be cleared to resume, we will verify with the UCI whether the conditions are there for the event to be held on new dates, according to its technical status and all the needed safety measures.”