UCI ‘concerned’ about demise of Spanish World Cup

Castilla y Léon receives late funding, but federation may step in for cancelled women’s event

The UCI on Tuesday expressed its “concern” that the Spanish leg of the 2012 women’s World Cup has been suspended.

Organizers of the GP Cuidad de Valladolid pulled the plug on the June 3 stop of the season-long series after they could not come up with sufficient funding. The race was part of the series in 2005-2007 and again from 2010-2011.

“The UCI is particularly sensitive to the development of women’s cycling, and it is of great concern to learn that the Spanish round of the World Cup has been suspended,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said in a press release Tuesday. “We would dearly like to help find a solution to this problem for the future and we are in contact with the organizers to study what measures can be taken.”

Earlier this year, the UCI made a similar effort to help race organizers of the Vuelta al País Vasco in Spain. A sponsor was found in time to save that race and it did not need UCI intervention.

The cancellation of the race means the 2012 women’s World Cup series has been reduced to eight stops.

Marianne Vos, a winner of the two opening rounds, will wear the World Cup leader’s jersey in the third round Sunday at the Tour of Flanders.

The same race organizer of the women’s World Cup also promotes the men’s Vuelta a Castilla y León stage race. Officials confirmed this week that funding has been secured to underwrite a reduced edition of that race this year, down from five to three stages, set for April 13-15 in northern Spain.