The CIC Mont Ventoux one-day race won’t be on the calendar next year due to the passing of the Olympic torch relay in June.
The ProSeries level race, which was founded in 2019 as the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, sees the peloton tackle two ascents of the famous Provence mountain.
It usually runs during the third weekend of June, but organisers have announced that the 2024 edition has been cancelled with the Olympic torch passing through the area and up the mountain on June 19.
Race organisers stated that “attention and resources” taken up by the passing of the flame has meant that it isn’t feasible to run the race.
“The CIC Mont Ventoux will not take place in 2024 due to the passing of the Olympic torch relay in the Vaucluse department on June 19, which diverts attention and resources during this period and will now allow for the optimal organisation of our event,” read a statement issued by the organisers. “The race will be organised in 2025.”
Nicolas Garcera, the CIC Mont Ventoux general director, stated that race’s sportive would not be affected, while also thanking sponsor CIC, the UCI, and the French National Cycling League for their continued support.
“I would like to thank our title partner, the CIC, which maintains its commitments alongside us for the next editions and will be present during our events for the general public in 2024,” he said.
“We are proud to have the continued confidence of the [UCI] and the National Cycling League, which will allow us to retain the UCI ProSeries label, the second tier for professional races, in 2025.”
The race has been run since 2019, moving up from 1.1 ranking to 1.Pro in 2023, where 20-year-old neo-pro Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) took his first pro win ahead of Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech) at the end of a weather-hit, shortened 98.3km edition. Previous winners of the race include Aleksandr Vlasov and Miguel Angel López.
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