Official Statement: 2020 Prudential RideLondon Classique
27 Jun 2019, 1:35 p.m.
On Wednesday 26 June, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced the calendar for the 2020 UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s World Tour. This announcement included the decision to remove the 2020 Prudential RideLondon Classique from the Women’s WorldTour Calendar. Click here to read the UCI statement.
Responding to this announcement Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling, said:
"We are extremely disappointed to have been informed that the UCI Management Committee has decided to remove the 2020 Prudential RideLondon Classique from the UCI Women’s WorldTour. As the committee was aware, we had to move the date of the Prudential RideLondon Classique, as a one-off measure for 2020, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games.
“The Classique has held WorldTour Status since 2016 and is the richest one day women’s cycling race. It was the first Women’s WorldTour race to have exactly the same prize money as its men’s WorldTour equivalent, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, which takes place on the following day. It is held in the centre of one the world’s greatest cities and is broadcast live to a worldwide television audience of millions.
“The Classique is also part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling which every year sees more than 100,000 people taking to their bikes on closed roads in London and Surrey.
“We hope for the benefit of women’s cycling, where we have led the way in financial parity, that through the discussions I have had in the last 36 hours with David Lappartient, President of the UCI, and Tom van Damme, representing the UCI Management Committee, we will find a way for the UCI to be able to reconsider its decision and restore UCI WorldTour status to the Classique in 2020.”