Geraardsbergen abandons bid to host 2021 Road World Championships over cost

The Flanders city couldn't afford to meet the UCI's monetary demands to host the event

Flemish city Geraardsbergen has abandoned it's bid to host the 2021 UCI Road World Championships, with organisers saying the governing body asked for too much money to host the event.

The city's spokesperson Véronique Fontaine told Flanders regional channel TV Oost on Wednesday that the UCI is asking for "an amount of 3 million euros, which we can not collect as a small city."

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).