On the sidelines of the Tour of Rwanda, which has been taking place since last Sunday, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Frenchman David Lappartient, confirmed this week that the World Road Cycling Championships will be held in Africa for the first time in 2025. Morocco would therefore be a candidate to host this major world cycling event on the black continent.
According to the UCI president, Frenchman David Lappartient, Rwanda and Morocco are the two candidate countries for the organisation. « It will either be in Kigali or in Tangier, » he added, adding that a decision will be taken on 24 September during the next World Championships in Flanders, Belgium, from 18 to 26 September. This is 100 years after the first amateur event was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Road World Championships are most often held in Europe, the historical heart of cycling. All the other continents have already had to organise this competition, such as America (Venezuela, Colombia, the United States, Canada), Oceania (Australia) and Asia (Japan, Qatar). Only Africa has not yet hosted the road World Championships.
In addition, the Tour of Rwanda is currently underway. Frenchman Pierre Rolland did not miss his appointment with Africa. This Friday, during the 6th stage, he won a solo victory on the heights of Kigali, the Rwandan capital, after having escaped from the initial breakaway group, 90 kilometres from the finish, just after the summit of the first difficulty of the day.