Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has reacted to Amaury Game Organisation’s (ASO) determination to convey the 2020 Los angeles Route by means of Le Excursion de France again to its roots as a circuit race in Paris, calling it a “step backwards”. 

The newly topped highway global champion informed the Dutch broadcaster NOS that the organisers have decreased its girls’s race to “not anything greater than a criterium”. 

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Excursion de France, introduced main points of the Ladies’s WorldTour tournament on the Palais des Congrès in Paris on Tuesday. He showed that for subsequent 12 months’s 7th version the ladies will entire 13 laps of the Champs-Élysées circuit for a complete of 90km of racing.

“Have I heard Los angeles Route is in Paris?” Van Vleuten mentioned in a interview with NOS. “To my unhappiness, sure. It is a step again. It’s now not anything greater than a criterium. Whilst it’s nonetheless referred to as a WorldTour pageant, however for the boys, criteriums don’t seem to be integrated within the WorldTour.”

Los angeles Route is recently scheduled at the UCI’s 2020 Ladies’s WorldTour calendar for July 10. Cyclingnews understands that the Los angeles Route date may just exchange to July 19 in order that it’s held together with degree 21 of the Excursion de France, however that has but to be showed. 

If the date does exchange, the race can be held only one week forward of the Olympic Video games girls’s highway race on July 26. The ones taking part in Tokyo will most probably no longer race Los angeles Route.

Los angeles Route by means of Le Excursion de France was once established by means of ASO in 2014 as a circuit race at the Champs-Élysées at the ultimate day of the Excursion de France. The sprinter-friendly layout noticed victories for Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen and Chloe Hosking within the first 3 editions. 

Van Vleuten gained the following two editions; the two-day tournament held on the Col d’Izoard and Marseille in 2017, and the one-day tournament at Le Grand-Bornand in 2018. Vos gained this 12 months’s race circuit race in Pau. 

Since its inception six years in the past, on the other hand, some have expressed unhappiness that ASO has no longer expanded Los angeles Route into a larger degree race. ASO showed closing 12 months that it will no longer host a girls’s degree race throughout the boys’s Excursion de France announcing that it will be “logistically unimaginable”. 

ASO said closing 12 months that it is thinking about web hosting a girls’s degree race at a distinct time of the season.

Van Vleuten informed NOS that she isn’t requesting a girls’s Excursion de France of 21 levels, somewhat, she is expects ASO to host a girls’s tournament that is tougher than a flat circuit race.

“I do not want a multi-day Los angeles Route, however a difficult degree could be great,” she mentioned. “There are so few WorldTour races through which we move into the mountains. At this Los angeles Route I am getting the concept they had been like ‘oh sure, we need to organise Los angeles Route as smartly, let’s do it in Paris’.”

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