Chaotic cycling calendar overlaps Giro and Vuelta in 2020
The International Cycling Union announced yesterday the calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season, which is expected to start again on August 1st and extend until November 8th in just over three frantic cycling months.
GIRO AND VUELTA WILL MATCH FOR 6 DAYS!
The Tour of Italy is usually the first big tour of the calendar while the Tour of Spain usually closes hostilities in September, but the stop at events since March has caused an overcrowding of important competitions on the calendar that will now lead to a strange phenomenon.
Two of the World Cycling Grand Laps will take place simultaneously for six days between 20 and 25 October, thus preventing teams from using the same cyclists in both events. And with the Tour de France – the most important event on the calendar – scheduled between 29 August and 20 September, the time between the Tour and the Giro – which starts on the 3rd of October – will also be shortened by what will be the Italian event a most affected by this timetable.
Now, with Vuelta starting just one month after the end of the Tour de France, it will be possible for many top cyclists to recover from one to be present in the other during that period.
The organization of the Volta a Itália has already shown its displeasure for having been ‘sandwiched’ between two Great Laps, but everything indicates that the calendar will not suffer any more changes, after all, the teams need to redefine their strategies and training planning with a view to to the new calendar and it is important that it does not change further.
MONUMENT SPECIALISTS WILL HAVE TO ABDICATE GIRO AND VUELTA
Also the cyclists most suited to the famous one-day classics should pass the Laps to Italy and Spain, taking into account that four of the five ‘Monuments’ on the calendar will coincide with the dates of the two big laps.
Thus, some stars such as Peter Sagan, Philippe Gilbert, Julian Alaphilippe or Mathieu van der Poel should opt for the classics where they usually manage to leave their mark, although they can still figure in the Tour de France as a way of preparing for these events.
The Paris-Roubaix, which is probably the most famous Classic in the world for its characteristics that takes cyclists to the Gaulish paved pavement (Pavê) in a real hell from which few can successfully escape, will curiously happen on October 25th, the date on which runs the last day of the Giro and the sixth of the Vuelta, that is, it will be an absolutely frantic Sunday for all cycling fans.
Seeing three races of enormous media coverage on the same day will certainly be a phenomenon never seen in world cycling and that will force television broadcasts to contortion, particularly in terms of race schedules in order to be able to enhance live broadcasts of the three races.
TOP TEAMS WILL HAVE MORE EASY LIFE
Looking at this frantic schedule, it seems evident that the big teams in the pack like Team-Ineos or Jumbo Vysma will have the advantage of having several big lap cyclists in their ranks, thus being able to ‘attack’ all three major events of the year with real ambitions. to win.
Team-Ineos, for example, will have Chris Froome, Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Richard Carapaz as line leaders, so they can take one to each of the Big Laps and still place another as a reserve in the Tour de France, for example.
Also Jumbo Vysma has strengthened itself in order to be even stronger this year and will have Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk and George Bennett as weapons to attack the three Great Laps in the crazy period between August 1st and November 8th. On the other hand, teams with less financial arguments and, consequently, less options to win three-week events will have to choose and select their assets for a particular event.
This could be the case of Trek-Segafredo, which must bet strongly on the Tour of Italy with veteran Vincenzo Nibali, while Bahrain-Mclaren can also select Mikel Landa for the Tour of Spain, for example.
All of these decisions will be made in a short period of time, and it should also be noted that cyclists will not have time to do the usual preparation for their goals so they will have to make choices: will they prefer to compete in the few events that will have up to one of the Big laps, or will you focus on the usual altitude training?
All of these will be interesting questions that will be answered in the coming weeks.