Could this be the new post-coronavirus men’s WorldTour calendar?
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The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games has freed up space in the summer for some of the spring races shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic, but creating a new post-Covid-19 coronavirus race calendar appears as complicated as a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.
The pieces all have specific needs and impact each other chronologically, economically and physiologically. The longer the lockdown on races goes on, the shorter the window to redesign the 2020 cycling season.
Cyclingnews has gathered as much information as possible from sources, studied other news sources and tried to understand the needs of the riders, teams, race organisers and fans, to draw up a possible post-Covid-19 men’s WorldTour race calendar. We will soon do the same for the Women’s WorldTour.
New race dates
The UCI has made it clear it has been speaking to the different stakeholders of the sport: the race organisers, the teams, and the riders, with each organisation holding its own conference calls. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the UCI is due to hold the next stakeholders’ conference call on Wednesday, April 1.
The UCI, together with its partners, will move forward united in the interests of cycling.”The UCI also specified that “priority will be given to events on the calendar at the date of the resumption” and “with regards to the men’s calendar, depending on the space available and taking into consideration the possibility of overlapping, to the three Grand Tours and cycling’s Monuments.”
All races in April have been cancelled or postponed, with the Giro d’Italia (May 9-31) postponed and many other races in May already making similar decisions.
Cyclingnews’ theoretical post-Covid-19 Men’s WorldTour calendar
|Race||Start Date||End Date|
|Tour de Suisse||6/7/2020||6/14/2020|
|Tour de France||6/27/2020||7/19/2020|
|Tour de Pologne||7/5/2020||7/11/2020|
|Clasica San Sebastian||7/25/2020|
|Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne||7/29/2020|
|E3 BinckBank Classic||7/31/2020|
|Dwars door Vlaanderen||8/5/2020|
|Tour of Flanders||8/9/2020|
|Vuelta a Espana||8/14/2020||9/6/2020|
|EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg||8/16/2020|
|Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic||8/23/2020|
|Amstel Gold Race||8/30/2020|
|European Road Race Championships||9/9/2020||9/13/2020|
|GP Cycliste de Quebec||9/11/2020|
|GP Cycliste de Montreal||9/13/2020|
|UCI Road World Championships||9/20/2020||9/27/2020|
|Gree-Tour of Guangxi||10/15/2020||10/20/2020|
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