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A cycling tour in Spain is suspended due to lack of funding

The Vuelta Aragón will not be held at 2020

The lack of support from public institutions in Aragon and financing problems condemn the cycling test only two years after its return to the international calendar.

Only two editions after his resurrection and return to the international calendar the flame goes out again of a test that had won the amateur and professional recognition of cycling after its organizational, promotional and sporting success of the 2018 and 2019 editions.

The support obtained is not sufficient to guarantee its viability

According to iforma the newspaper the Herald “The Aragonese Cycling Federation announces that the Vuelta Aragón in the year 2020 going to make a parenthesis, because The support obtained is not sufficient to guarantee its viability”, Starts the official statement of the entity in charge of the technical direction of the race.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) had already reserved a date on the international calendar for next season: the days 15, 16 and May 17.

The Territorial thanks “the firm and determined commitment of Tourism of Aragon and the Ministry of Vertebration "allowing its recovery and" to the other entities that have collaborated during these two editions".

The lack of financial support is the main cause of this suspension, eventual and provisional as understood by the federation statement, but which leaves a death wound for the future to the test, in a process identical to the one that cost its continuity in 2005 ..

In its official note, the Aragonese Cycling Federation, which in recent months has worked on the design, structure and logistics of the race as if its continuity were guaranteed, underlines the success of the editions of 2018 and 2019, both in “quality "As in" participation ", within the international cycling landscape"

For the DGA it is "unfeasible"

The Government of Aragon, through its general Tourism and Sports directorates, considers that an upcoming edition of the Tour is "unfeasible".

Both departments "had announced that they would maintain their support for the celebration of the Vuelta, which resurfaced thanks to the commitment of the Government of Aragon, but it is unfeasible to assume what the rest of the institutions contributed to date," sources from the regional Executive said.

Both from the areas of Tourism and Sports of the DGA "call a collaboration between institutions so that the test can continue to be held in future editions."

In the last two editions, 2018 and 2019, the Vuelta Aragón won the recognition of professionals from different fields of cycling. Brokers, judges, sponsors, teams ... Both were a sporting and promotional success, with the stages broadcast on Aragon Television and Eurosport, with extensive media follow-up.

The objective was to increase for 2020 the presence of World Tour teams, of the highest category, a limited aspect last years due to the coincidence of dates with other prestigious races such as the Tour of Italy (May 9-31) or the Tour California, although the suspension of this American race for 2020, scheduled between the 10 and the May 16, opened a new horizon for the qualitative improvement of participation.

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