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The UCI has released the new 2020 racing calendar

Joe Robinson
5 May 2020

A women's Paris-Roubaix and plenty of overlap with the Giro d'Italia catch the eye

The men's and women's Strade Bianche on Saturday 1st August will be the first WorldTour races after the coronavirus pandemic as the UCI released its official rescheduled calendar.

As previously rumoured, the one-day classic in Tuscany will kickstart the cycling season while the rescheduled Giro d'Italia will clash with Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and the Vuelta a Espana.

The Italian Grand Tour has been pushed back from its original May dates to start on Saturday 3rd October and run until Sunday 25th October. This will clash with Liege which takes place on Sunday 4th October, Flanders on Sunday 18th October and Roubaix on Sunday 25th October.

As well as clashing with Amstel Gold Race (10/10), Gent-Wevelgem (11/10), Dwars door Vlaanderen (14/10) and Brugge-De Panne (21/10), the Giro will also run concurrently to the Vuelta, which now takes place from Tuesday 20th October to Sunday 8th November.

Despite warnings from the French government around professional sport, the Tour de France holds retains its previously announced Saturday 29th August start date. Additionally, the Criterium du Dauphine has been rescheduled from the 12th to 16th August, reducing down to just five stages.

The first Monument of the season will now Milan-San Remo, set to take place on Saturday 8th August, clashing with the Tour of Poland that runs from 5th to 9th August.

UK fans will note that the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will remain on Sunday 16th August.

The women's calendar was also announced by the UCI with the surprising inclusion of a Women's Paris-Roubaix taking place on Sunday 25th October, the same day as the men's race.

The cobbled Monument will debut its women's edition as part of a 18-event women's WorldTour calendar.

La Course by the Tour de France will now take place on Saturday 29th August while the Giro Rosa will take place from 11th to 19th September.

As for the women's Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold, Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders, they will all take place on the same day as the men's races.

Talking on the announcement, UCI President David Lappartient called the move an important step for the future of cycling.

'We have drawn up a solid, attractive and varied new calendar that is as realistic and coherent as possible. This has been achieved as early as was practicable and in line with information available today concerning the evolution of the pandemic,' said Lappartient.

'Riders, teams and organisers now have the dates they need to anticipate the resumption of racing on 1st August. This is a very important step that the entire cycling community, financially impacted by the pandemic, has been waiting for to move forward.'

Revised UCI 2020 calendar: men

Saturday 1st August: Strade Bianche  
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th August: Tour of Poland  
Saturday 8th August: Milan-San Remo  
Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th August: Criterium du Dauphine  
Saturday 15th August: Il Lombardia  
Sunday 16th August: RideLondon-Surrey Classic  
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August: National Championships  
Tuesday 25th August: Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France  
Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September: Tour de France  
Friday 7th to Friday 14th August: Tirreno-Adriatico  
Friday 11th September: GP Quebec  
Sunday 13th September: GP Montreal  
Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th September: World Championships  
Tuesday 29th September to Saturday 3rd October: BinckBank Tour  
Wednesday 30th September: Fleche Wallonne  
Saturday 3rd to Sunday 25th October: Giro d'Italia  
Sunday 4th October: Liege-Bastogne-Liege  
Saturday 10th October: Amstel Gold Race  
Sunday 11th October: Gent-Wevelgem  
Wednesday 14th October: Dwars door Vlaanderen  
Sunday 18th October: Tour of Flanders  
Tuesday 20th October to Sunday 8th November: Vuelta a Espana  
Wednesday 21st October: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne  
Sunday 25th October: Paris-Roubaix  

Revised UCI 2020 calendar: women

Saturday 1st August: Strade Bianche  
Satursday 8th August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT  
Sunday 9th August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden RR  
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August: Ladies Tour of Norway  
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August: National Championships  
Wednesday 26th August: GP de Plouay  
Saturday 29th August: La Course by Le Tour de France  
Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th September: Boels Ladies Tour  
Friday 11th to Saturday 19th September: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile  
Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th September: World Championships  
Wednesday 30th September: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine  
Sunday 4th October: Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes  
Saturday 10th October: Amstel Gold Race Ladies  
Sunday 11th October: Gent-Wevelgem  
Sunday 18th October: Tour of Flanders  
Tuesday 20th October: Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour  
Tuesday 20th October: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne  
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October: Tour of Chongming Island  
Sunday 25th October: Paris-Roubaix  
Friday 6th to 8th November: Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta  

All dates could be subject to change and cancellation