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Chihuahua, Mexico seeks 2014 road Worlds

Chihuahua, Mexico hopes to host the UCI Road World Championships in five year's time.

Chihuahua, Mexico hopes to host the UCI Road World Championships in five year's time. (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)

The city of Chihuahua, Mexico wants to organize the UCI Road World Championships in 2014, according to Ricardo Creel, the Commissioner for Cycling in Chihuahua. On Friday Creel met with the vice president of the UCI, Artur Lopes - invited by La Vuelta a Chihuahua - in the presence of general coordinator of the race, Antonio Vaquerizas.

Creel thinks that "hosting the World Championship now seems a dream, but it was also believed that La Vuelta a Chihuahua was a utopia and right now, just four years later, we have the best race in all of Latin America. We believe that Chihuahua is ready to host the World Championships, but if that's not the case, do not discount that it can occur elsewhere in Mexico."

The UCI Road World Championships have never been hosted by Mexico before. The last time the World Championships took place in North America was in 2003 at Hamilton, Canada.

At the same meeting, Creel also discussed with Lopes the desire to organize an event of UCI Juniors Nations' Cup.

The Vuelta a Chihuahua is a seven-day, 851.2-kilometre stage race taking place October 4-10. This year's event received an upgrade to a 2.1 classification from the UCI and two European ProTour teams and four European Professional Continental teams are among the 17 squads contesting this year's race.

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