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2020 has been anything but a normal year. Coronavirus has turned the world upside down and altered most people’s lives in significant ways. Professional road cycling, too, has felt the effects, with no racing held from early March onwards. But now, racing is about to restart and we’re about to witness three months of solid racing. In fact, it feels like an entire season’s worth of racing has been crammed in between the end of July and mid November when the Tour of Guangxi brings the WorldTour to a close.
The problem is, most races aren’t in their usual timeslots and even the most invested cycling fans aren’t likely to remember which races are coming up, and when. Which is where this article comes in. The table below shows the biggest races you need to know about between now and the end of the 2020 season, for both women and men.
A few notes to help make sense of table:
– The Grand Tours (and associated events) are indicated by the colour of their leader’s jersey — pink for the Giro, yellow for the Tour, red for the Vuelta.
– The Monuments are indicated in light blue.
– The Road World Championships are indicated in light green.
If you want to see the full calendar, be sure to visit the UCI website.
|Saturday August 1||Strade Bianche||Men and women|
|Saturday August 8||Milan-San Remo||Men|
|Saturday August 15||Il Lombardia||Men|
|August 12 – 16||Criterium du Dauphine||Men|
|August 29 – September 20||Tour de France||Men|
|Saturday August 29||La Course||Women|
|September 11 – 19||Giro Rosa||Women|
|September 7 – 14||Tirreno-Adriatico||Men|
|September 20 – 27||Road World Championships||Men and women|
|Wednesday September 30||Fleche Wallonne||Men and women|
|October 3 – 25||Giro d’Italia||Men|
|Sunday October 4||Liege-Bastogne-Liege||Men and women|
|Sunday October 11||Gent-Wevelgem||Men and women|
|Sunday October 18||Tour of Flanders||Men and women|
|October 20 – November 8||Vuelta a España||Men|
|November 6 – 8||Ceratizit Madrid Challenge||Women|
A few points of note about the revised calendar:
– The Tour de France and Giro Rosa overlap as they normally do, even though both are in a different time slot.
– The Tour de France ends on the same day the Road World Championships start.
– The Giro and Vuelta have six days of overlap.
– There’s a women’s Paris-Roubaix for the first time ever.
– Sunday October 25 is going to be a massive day of racing with the final stage of the Giro, a stage of the Vuelta, and both the men’s and women’s Paris-Roubaix.
– Amstel Gold Race is on a Saturday this year (it’s normally on a Sunday).
– The women’s Madrid Challenge is now three stages long for the first time (up from two).
Enjoy the racing!