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Pro Cycling 2019


going deaf for a living
Might as well get this started, not long to go till it all starts again...

UCI World Tour Dates 2019

15-20 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
27 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
25 February-2 March: UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates)
2 March: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (Belgium)
9 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
10-17 March: Paris-Nice (France)
13-19 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
23 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
25-31 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
29 March: E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
31 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
3 April: Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
7 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
8-13 April: Itzulia Basque Country (Spain)
14 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
21 April: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
24 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
28 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
30 April-5 May: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt (Germany)
11 May-2 June: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
12-18 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
9-16 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
15-23 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
6-28 July: Tour de France (France)
3 August: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
3-9 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
4 August: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
12-18 August: BinckBank Tour
24 August-15 September: La Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)
25 August: EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
1 September: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
13 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
15 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
12 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)
15-20 October: Gree – Tour of Guangxi (China)
22-27 October: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)



going deaf for a living

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I don't think the stench will put people off, especially the dodgier people to the East of Europe who want to by Western credibility through sport.


Left Of The Dial
Maybe they could become the Urban75 team. I'm sure there's £15million a year spare in the server fund.
That wouldn't get you much more than Froome, Thomas, Kwiato, Bernal, a mechanic and a transit van that Brailsford would have to drive himself.


going deaf for a living
I could see Red Bull stepping in. They have a presence around cycling of various types anyway, they’re a global brand, plus they clearly have the money available.


going deaf for a living
Talking of sponsors...

McLaren have just announced that they are going to be a 50% owner of Bahrain Merida, with title sponsorship likely in 2020. They are also going to be working with Merida on bike development.

Seems an obvious partnership really, access to the cutting edge carbon tech they have, wind tunnels etc


Left Of The Dial
So has that kid Ivan Sosa who reneged on his contract with Trek actually signed with Sky? Formal announcements were expected weeks ago but I don;t think Sky have made it official yet. Would be funny if he had to ride pro-conti again next season.


Riding a Brompton with a power meter.
Sir "Dave" Brailsford will probably wash ashore at of one the Middle East owned teams who will be keen for him to repeat his alchemy.


Left Of The Dial
Just got Eurosport Player for 1p a month for the nest six months through Amazon Prime. £6.99 a month after but I'll be stopping it after the Classics. Just thought it was a good deal to share for those who have Prime.


going deaf for a living
That Merckx bike looks awful. The front and rear wheels don’t match, the top tube looks like a banana, someone has sat in the seat stays, and it has rim brakes. Rubbish :p