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Mountain bike World Cup race in Quebec cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event scheduled this summer in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The fifth stop on the 2020 World Cup series was set to take place August 21-23.


Mont-Sainte-Anne had hosted a UCI-sponsored event every year since 1991, including the mountain bike world championships in 2010 and 2019. Quebec has prohibited events from being held until August 31.


Gabriel Fontaine Leclerc, general manager of event producer Gestev, said plans to reschedule the race in the fall were not feasible.


Cycling Canada head of development and operations Mathieu Boucher said the decision to cancel was disappointing, but the health and safety of athletes took priority.


The first five rounds of the World Cup series have been postponed or cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, as have the 2020 mountain bike cross-country world championships in Albstadt, Germany.


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