Durbridge on new calendar: It means a lot to have something in front of us

Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of Britain
Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of Britain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mitchelton-Scott's Luke Durbridge says that riders are likely to be "motivated, strong and ready" by the time the major one-day races come around in October on the new, revised UCI calendar, which was released on Tuesday. However, the overlap between the Tour de France and the World Championships – and the lack of time-trial kilometres at this year's Tour – means that a time-trial specialist like Durbridge could struggle to be ready for the Worlds TT.

The new plan for the rest of the 2020 season has brought potential targets for riders and teams, and a degree of certainty for the organisers of the bigger events. But with the coronavirus pandemic still continuing – and despite the partial lifting of lockdowns in parts of Europe – it remains to be seen whether the calendar will restart with Strade Bianche on August 1, whether the Tour de France really will take place from August 29-September 20, or if the one-day Classics will happen later in the year.

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