RCS Sport Proposes Changes to the Milan – San Remo and Il Lombardia Schedules
WorldTour 2020 schedule seems to be changing again. From Italy, news emerged that two monument races, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia would take place in the same month, August. Il Lombardia was launched August 8. While Milan-San Remo will be held on August 15th.
Milan-San Remo was supposed to take place last March. However, the coronavirus pandemic made this race fail on schedule. In the revised schedule released by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in early May, Milan-San Remo was held on August 8. While Il Lombardia was held on 31 October.
RCS Sport as the organizer of both events requested a change of date to UCI. They want to put on holding Il Lombardia on August 8, and Milan-San Remo on August 15. UCI will decide on this issue Friday (12/6) tomorrow.
Besides taking place on August 15, Milan-San Remo plans to finish in Via Roma at night. Around 19:00. Even though UCI has issued a regulation so that the race must be finished before 17.30. “We will request a dispensation from UCI,” said RCS Sport CEO, Paolo Bellino.
The problem is, the new Milan-San Remo schedule proposed by RCS Sport collides with the Criterium du Dauphine which was held August 12-16. According to Bellino, UCI had suggested Milan-San Remo be held August 22 or 23. Whereas on August 23-27 the European Championship was held.
“I am very angry. I debated a lot with UCI President David Lappartient. He has told me that we can carry out Milan-San Remo on 22 or 23 August. And national championships and European championships will not happen,” Bellino told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
RCS Sport brings up the new Giro d’Italia schedule (October 3-25) which overlaps with Vuelta a Espana (October 20-November 8), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (October 4), Tour of Flanders (October 11), and Paris -Roubaix (October 25). On the one hand, the Tour de France schedule does not overlap with the Monuments race or the Grand Tour.
If this request is approved by UCI, then Italy will have five on-day races held in Italy in the first half of August. Starting with the Bianche Strade on August 1. Followed by Gran Piemonte which was scheduled for August 5.
Then Il Lombardia will take place August 8. After that the Milano-Torino race will take place on August 12. Then Milan – San Remo on 15 August. If approved also by UCI, Milan-San Remo will take place simultaneously with public holidays in Italy, Ferragosto.
“San Remo and Ferragosto are two very strong symbols. Both are Italian, sports and social habits. Think of it as a summer festival for Italians. It will be more significant after the suffering and tragedy in recent months.