The President of the Union Cycliste Internationale David Lappartient welcomed all participants of the 2017-18 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk
Five years after the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships held in Minsk, we return to the Belarusian capital with the fifth and final round of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
This leading international track series got under way last November in Pruszków, Poland, before continuing in Manchester (Great Britain), Milton (Canada) and Santiago (Chile). The final round in Minsk will see the crowning of the overall World Cup winners, and enable the athletes to measure up against each other six weeks out from the UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot.
The magnificent Minsk-Arena velodrome has a successful history of hosting major international competitions, and we look forward to bringing our World Cup series here for the first time.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers, the Belarusian Cycling Federation and its President Natalia Tsylinskaya, herself an eight-time UCI World Champion on the track who is now committed to working for our wonderful sport and providing opportunities for today’s athletes.
We are about to witness a weekend of track cycling of the very highest level, and I wish everyone – those working behind the scenes, the athletes taking centre stage and the spectators who will fill the stands – an enjoyable and successful event.