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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Saturday, June 20, 2020

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2019 Tour de France | 2019 Giro d'Italia

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Important upcoming racing, according to UCI revised calendar:

Latest completed racing:


Ag2r-La Mondiale riders’ updated racing schedule

The team sent me this:

LAURENT BIONDI (team manager): "The entire crew of sports directors and coaches have worked together to establish a schedule that is as consistent as possible. We know it will be very dense packed and with no real break until the finish of the Vuelta, which ends on November 8. This new schedule will also allow a rider like Oliver Naesen to discover the Strade Bianche and Milan Turin, before defending his podium of last year at Milan San Remo. It also gives someone like Romain Bardet the opportunity to race on the roads of the Tour d’Occitanie, which he has not attended since 2013. Then there is the chance to take onthe Walloon classics after the Tour de France and the Worlds. The whole team is very motivated and by the time we resume racing, we hope that the pandemic infection numbers will continue to decrease. It will be an unprecedented season and we are all looking forward to returning to competition."

Each rider’s return to racing schedule:

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet at the 2019 Daphine. Sirotti photo

BARDET Romain
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)
CIC Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (6 août)
Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 août)

COSNEFROY Benoît
Tour de l’Ain (7-9 août)
Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 août)
Tour de France (29 août – 20 septembre)

LATOUR Pierre
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)
CIC Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (6 août)
Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 août)

NAESEN Oliver
Stade Bianche (1er aout)
Milan-Turin (5 août)
Milan – San Remo (8 août)

BIDARD François
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

BOUCHARD Geoffrey
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

CHAMPOUSSIN Clément
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

CHEREL Mikaël
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

CHEVRIER Clément
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

DILLIER Silvan
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

DOMONT Axel
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

DUVAL Julien
Milan-Turin (5 août)

FRANK Mathias
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

GALLOPIN Tony
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

GASTAUER Ben
CIC Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (6 août)

GENIEZ Alexandre
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

GODON Dorian
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

GOUGEARD Alexis
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

HÄNNINEN Jaakko
CIC Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (6 août)

JAUREGUI Quentin
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

NAESEN Lawrence
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
Tour de l’Ain (7-9 août)

PETERS Nans
Tour de l’Ain (7-9 août)

TANFIELD Harry
Tour de Pologne (5-9 août)

VANDENBERGH Stijn
Milan-Turin (5 août)

VENDRAME Andrea
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

VENTURINI Clément
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

VUILLERMOZ Alexis
Route Occitanie (1-4 aout)

WARBASSE Larry
Stade Bianche (1er aout)

Note that this is a provisional calendar which may be subject to modifications

THE NEWS:
Our training camps
Five training camps are on the program for our riders
June 23-29 Chambon sur Lignon (Haute-Loire).
July 1-10 Vaujany (Oisans).
July 13-23 Vaujany (Oisans).
July 8-23 Col du Lautaret (Hautes-Alpes)
July 12-26. Val d´Isère (Savoie)

THE NUMBER: 38
Though subject to further calendar changes, the AG2R LA MONDIALE team will have participated in 38 events by the end of the 2020 season.

Astana announces the early racing program of its team leaders

Here's the team's announcement:

The management of Astana Pro Team finished creating the preliminary program of its leaders, Miguel Angel Lopez, Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko. Together with these riders, the Kazakh team discussed how to prepare for the main goals in the best possible way.

Miguel Angel Lopez

Miguel Angel Lopez finishes the 4th stage of the Tour of the Algarve.

This means that Miguel Angel Lopez will start the second part of the season with La Route d’Occitanie and the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. Later, he will start in the UCI WorldTour stage race Critérium du Dauphiné before his big debut at the Tour de France.

Jakob Fuglsang will open the revised UCI calendar with the famous Italian one-day race Strade Bianche, followed by the UCI WorldTour stage race Tour de Pologne. The Dane will do two Italian classics, Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia as well as the famous stage race Tirreno-Adriatico before coming to the Giro d’Italia as Astana Pro Team’s leader. 

The Kazakh Champion Alexey Lutsenko will start this part of the season with Strade Bianche, Gran Trittico Lombardo, Milano-Torino and Milano-Sanremo. After the Italian classics, Lutsenko will join Miguel Angel Lopez at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Also, he will do the Giro dell’Emilia before coming to the Tour de France.

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