UCI president David Lappartient has confirmed that the 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Africa, with Rwanda facing competition from Morocco . However, Rwanda is the firm favourite to host the first World Championships on African soil.
Lappartient was at the Tour of Rwanda on Monday and then held high-level talks with officials and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
Lapparitient has been supportive of Rwanda’s bid since he became UCI President in 2017. Rwanda formally submitted a bid two years ago and has reportedly produced a detailed and convincing bid document.
"The World Championship will take place in Africa in 2025, that’s for sure," Lappartient told L’Equipe.
"We have two bids, from Kigali (the capital of Rwanda) and also Tangier, in Morocco."
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According to L’Equipe , Rwanda is the clear favourite to win the race to host the World Championships."Rwanda has taken a serious lead, their case is very solid with already existing infrastructure and enormous possibilities for adaptation," L’Equipe quoted an unidentified source as saying."It’s a candidacy that ticks a lot of boxes, it’s the favourite because it would also bring a sense of renewal to cycling."Rwanda has enforced strict anti-COVID-19 measures and so avoided the worst of the global pandemic. The Tour du Rwanda has roots back to 1988 as a regional race, and was elevated to the international UCI […]