2020 UCI Race Program

Vader

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So... the UCI has finally released a revised racing program, featuring many of the races which have been postponed due to CV-19. There are still question marks over the TDF, which is due to start a few days before France officially lifts its bans on large crowds.
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-reveal-new-mens-and-womens-post-covid-19-race-calendar/

With a whole year's racing jammed into 4 months, necessity dictates that there will be a lot of overlap. Here are some of the key dates:
Strade Bianchi: 1 August
Tour de France: 29 August - 20 September
Tireno Adriatico: 8-14 September (overlaps TDF)
World Champs: 20-27 September
Fleche Wallone: 30 September
Giro d'Italia: 3-25 October
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 4 October (overlaps Giro)
Amstel Gold: 10 October (overlaps Giro)
Gent-Wavelgem: 11 October (overlaps Giro)
Tour of Flanders: 18 October (overlaps Giro)
Vuelta a Espania: 20 October - 8 November (overlaps Giro, only 18 stages)
Paris Roubaix: 25 October (overlaps Giro and Vuelta)
Giro Lombardy: 31 October (overlaps Vuelta)

25 October will be a huge day for cycling fans, with Paris Roubaix, the Giro and the Vuelta all on the same day.

It will be interesting to see which riders opt for which programs, as teams will probably split into 3 streams from the very start of the season.
 

Vader

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A bit optimistic but can always change it I guess.

Not sure how teams or if teams will put a squad in both Vuelta and Giro.
UK Postal is easily strong enough to field teams for all 3 GTs. Most of the others... not so much.

The big question is what riders like Sagan & Valverde do. Will they target the classics, or the GTs? How much does Sagan value another green jersey?
 

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I wonder what typically Classics teams will do assuming these races go ahead?

I assume they'll send basically 2nd/3rd team guys and development riders to the Giro and Vuelta while the big boys battle it out for races they might actually win
 

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A bit optimistic but can always change it I guess.

Not sure how teams or if teams will put a squad in both Vuelta and Giro.
All WT classed teams will have to but i guess this is what they want so if there is an issue/outbreak its easier to contain, similar to the hubs set up but individual teams will be split into hubs rather than a group of teams.
 

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TDF will certainly be very interesting with the lack of lead up racing. The Dauphine is planned for the 12th to the 16th but a lot of riders stuck in Europe during the full lockdowns will be cramming now to prepare. Not sure why they couldnt have raced into November.
 

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