UCI denies demanding €3million from Belgian city that wanted to host the World Championships

City of Geraardsbergen cites financial demands as reason for withdrawing its bid

Peloton during the elite women's road race at the 2017 Road World Championships

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The UCI has denied that it demanded €3 million (£2.6 million) from the small city of Geraardsbergen as part of its bid to host the World Championships in 2021.

Geraardsbergen, which is famous in the world of cycling for the climb of the Muur van Geraardsbergen that has been a fixture in the Tour of Flanders through the years, withdrew its bid on Wednesday, citing the high price that the UCI was asking for from a small city with a population of just 30,000.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.