This year's World Track Cycling World Championships will take place from 20 to 24 October in Roubaix, France.

The World Cup would initially be held in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, but that event was canceled at the beginning of June due to the corona pandemic.

The organizers in Turkmenistan found it "impossible to hold the event in the country given the health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic".

The tournament was initially scheduled to take place from October 13 to 17.

The World Track Cycling World Championships are now being held at the VĂ©lodrome Couvert RĂ©gional Jean-Stablinski in Roubaix, which is located next to the track on which the road cycling finishes in the Paris-Roubaix classic.

"I would like to congratulate the Roubaix organizing committee on their strong candidacy," said UCI president David Lappartient.

"Roubaix has long been a legendary location because of Paris-Roubaix. The name will now also be associated with the history of the World Track Cycling World Championship."

Choice for Turkmenistan was controversial

The initial choice for Turkmenistan was controversial.

In the Asian country, human rights are being violated under President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Billionaire Igor Makarov would have acquired the event to better put Turkmenistan on the map.

The UCI gave Berdimuhamedow the highest award in June last year after allocating the Track Cycling World Championships to Turkmenistan.

The cycling federation came under a lot of criticism.

Last year, the Netherlands finished six times gold, two silver and one bronze at the World Track Cycling World Championships.

Harrie Lavreysen, recently successful at the Olympic Games, was the big man in the Netherlands with world titles on the keirin, sprint and team sprint.