Scheduling conflict could torpedo Vuelta’s women’s ‘La Course’

Facing scheduling conflicts with three other European UCI women's events, plans to hold a women's Vuelta criterium in Madrid may be spoiled

Too many women’s events on the same weekend could torpedo plans by the Vuelta a España to hold a one-day race to coincide with the finale of the 2015 Spanish grand tour.

The Spanish daily AS reported that the UCI has put the kibosh on plans to hold the so-called “La Course by the Vuelta” on September 13 due to a conflict with three other women’s events across Europe on the same weekend.

There was no official confirmation by the UCI, and Vuelta officials could not be reached Friday, but the Spanish daily reported that the UCI has told the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) that it would not approve the planned event on the streets of Madrid to coincide with the finale of the men’s Vuelta a España.

The date conflicts with three events across Europe, among them the Giro de Toscana in Italy, from September 11-13; the Tour of Belgium, September 10-14; and the Chrono Champenois in France, on September 13.

Vuelta officials are looking for alternatives, and could lean on Spanish government officials to help make their case, AS reported.

The Vuelta is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Tour de France, which successfully held a women’s criterium on the Champs-Élysées hours ahead of the arrival of the men’s race.