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Flanders ready to bid for 2021 Road World Championships, says sports minister

This article is originally from Cycling Week

The Worlds have not been held in Belgium since Zolder in 2002

Peter Sagan at the Tour of Flanders 2017 (Sunada)

Flanders could be the host of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, with the region’s sports minister saying it is ready to stand as a candidate.

The UCI is due to announce it’s selection for 2021 host in September this year, with prospective candidates able to apply up until June. The 2021 edition of the Worlds will mark a centenary of rainbow bands, with the first amateur Worlds road race taking place in 1921.

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A professional race was introduced in 1927 and ran in conjunction before the amateur version was scrapped after the 1995 race.

Flemish sports minister Philippe Muyters has reportedly got a 3.5m euro budget for hosting the races, which will include individual time trials and team time trials as well as road races, and could host in consultation with event companies Golazo and Flanders Classics, according to Sporza.

“Flanders is on course [to host the Worlds], but it’s been since 2002 in Zolder that we organised the World Championships here, and now we have the chance to get it to Flanders in the centenary year 2021,” said Muytens.

“The economic impact of such a World Championships is considerable and is cautiously estimated at 30m euros,” he added, “although we may be even more ambitious as a real

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