Flanders will officially bid for the 100th edition of the World Road Cycling Championships in 2021, Flemish Sports Minister Philippe Muyters (N-VA) announced on Friday. The event would mark the 100th anniversary of the first official Road Cycling Championships that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Last time it was held in Flanders was in the region of Limburg in 2002.
Muyters has already prepared a budget of 3.5 million euros for the championships. Start and finish locations for potential Flanders routes have not yet been determined, the minister said in his statement.
“Organising the World Championships would be a great opportunity,” said Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois (N-VA). “Not only for the fans who get the chance to see the absolute world’s best at work for several days in a row, but also for the image of Flanders in the world.”
The International Cycling Union (UCI) is due to announce the selection for 2021 host in September this year.