The FPC has assumed that it is working so that the Volta a Portugal can take place between 27 September and 5 October, adding that the new date is already inscribed in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar.
The 2020 edition of the main national sprint race, which was to take place between 29 July and 9 August, was postponed, on 25 June last, to dates to be determined, having, according to today’s announcement, been reduced to nine days race – there were 11 with one day off.
FPC assumed the responsibility of putting the event on the road, due to the importance for the modality and the general feeling of the national velocipédica community, also praising the importance of the event for the sociocultural experience of the Portuguese and for the dynamization of the economy, throughout the different local territories united by the race caravan.
On June 25, Podium Events, in a joint statement with the FPC, announced the postponement of the race, due to the covid-19 pandemic, taking into account the public and private manifestations of not allowing the passage and permanence of the Volta a Portugal by bicycle through several municipalities that are part of the race.
The accomplishment of the Volta had received a ‘green light’ from the DGS and the Government, given the guidelines for the resumption of open air competitions of individual modalities and the approval of the health plan for the event.
However, the Municipalities of Viana do Castelo and Viseu announced that they would not receive the passage of the race in their municipalities.
The velocipedic calendar has been suspended since mid-March, due to the covid-19 pandemic, and was resumed on July 5, with a reopening test, in Anadia.
Last Tuesday, the 43rd edition of the Joaquim Agostinho Trophy was postponed to September 19 and 20, after a positive case of covid-19 was detected, requiring a quarantine period for several members of the organization.