With around 40 kilometers left to race on stage 10 and the break’s advantage at around two minutes, a handful of teams surged to the head of the pack, with EF Education First and then Ineos among those injecting a turn of speed. The tempo lined out the bunch. Within minutes, things reached a breaking point and the peloton split into multiple groups, with dozens of riders caught out, including Porte, Pinot, Fuglsang, and even Urán, despite the hard work of his own team at the front a few minutes prior.

41 races in 4 months: The men’s and women’s WorldTour calendars, unveiled

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After weeks of discussions with stakeholders across the cycling world, UCI has unveiled the reshuffled men’s and women’s WorldTour calendars for 2020.

With the majority of this season’s top-tier bike races postponed due to coronavirus concerns, both calendars have condensed what are usually some 10 full months of racing into less than four months, starting on August 1 with Strade Bianche.

As recent media reports relying on leaked information had reported, the official calendar does include significant overlap between races, particularly on the men’s side. The Giro d’Italia is now set to run from October 3 to 25, while the Vuelta a España will run from October 20 to November 8.

In the meantime, both Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders are set to take place during the Giro, Paris-Roubaix will coincide with stages of both the Giro and the Vuelta, and Il Lombardia will be held during the Vuelta as well.

The Giro Rosa, now planned to run from September 11 to 19, will not overlap with any other women’s races.

Particularly of note in the newly reshuffled women’s calendar is the surprise inclusion of a women’s Paris-Roubaix, set to take place on the same day as the men’s race, October 25.

The calendar as presented does preserve a significant number of races beyond the biggest events. The new men’s calendar features 23 races and the women’s calendar features 18, meaning the only a handful of events have been fully cancelled for now.

On the men’s side, the list of WorldTour events initially scheduled for 2020 that have been cancelled altogether includes the Volta a Catalunya, the E3 BinckBank Classic, the Vuelta al País Vasco, the Tour de Romandie, the Tour de Suisse, and the Clásica San Sebastián. According to the UCI, dates are yet to be confirmed for both the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg and Eschborn-Frankfurt.

On the women’s side, the list of events that are not on the revised WorldTour calendar includes the Ronde van Drenthe, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, and The Women’s Tour.

Men’s 2020 WorldTour calendar

August 1: Strade Bianche (Italy)
August 5-9 : Tour de Pologne (Poland)
August 8: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
August 12-16: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
August 16: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
August 25: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
August 29-September 20: Tour de France (France)
September 7-14: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
September 11: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
September 13: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
September 29-October 3: BinckBank Tour
September 30: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
October 3-25 : Giro d’Italia (Italy)
October 4: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
October 10: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
October 11: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
October 14: A Travers la Flandre (Belgium)
October 15-20: Gree – Tour of Guangxi (China)
October 18: Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
October 20- November 8: Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)
October 21: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)
October 25: Paris-Roubaix (France)
October 31: Il Lombardia (Italy)
Dates to be confirmed: EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany) and Eschborn-Frankfurt (Germany).

Women’s 2020 WorldTour calendar

August 1: Strade Bianche (Italy)
August 8: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT (Sweden)
August 9: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden RR (Sweden)
August 13-16: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)
August 26: GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT (France)
August 29: La Course by Le Tour de France (France)
September 1-6: Boels Ladies Tour (the Netherlands)
September 11-19: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (Italy)
September 30: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium)
October 4: Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Belgium)
October 10: Amstel Gold Race Ladies (the Netherlands)
October 11: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
October 18: Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)
October 15-20: Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour (China)
October 20: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)
October 23-25: Tour of Chongming Island (China)
October 25: Paris-Roubaix (France)
November 6-8: Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (Spain)

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