The Rwandan capital Kigali will be the first city in Africa to organize the World Cycling Championships in four years, the UCI determined on Thursday.

Kigali is preferred over the Moroccan city of Tangier.

It was already known that the cyclists will go to Africa in 2025 for the battle for the rainbow jerseys.

The UCI had called on African countries to apply a few years ago.

Kigali and Tangier were the only remaining candidates since May.

By choosing Rwanda, the UCI has opted for a country with the necessary experience in organizing cycling races.

The Tour of Rwanda has been part of the UCI calendar for years.

At the moment the World Cup in Flanders is in full swing and next year the Australian Wollongong will be the organizer.

This is followed by the Scottish Glasgow (2023) and the Swiss Zurich (2024).

Africa is the only continent that has never hosted the World Cycling Championships for pros.

The first edition was in 1927 at the German Nürburgring.

North America had the first in 1986 with Colorado Springs in the United States and in 1995 the World Cup in Duitama, Colombia, was held for the first time in South America.

Five years earlier, the event visited Asia for the first time with a World Cup in Utsunomiya, Japan.

In 2010, it was Oceania's turn with the Australian cities of Melbourne and Geelong.

See also: Overview: Programme, results and Dutch participants of the World Cycling Championships

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