Italy and France offer alternative and rival August and September race calendars

SANREMO, ITALY - MARCH 17: Arrival / Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Team Bahrain-Merida / Celebration / Caleb Ewan of Australia and Team Mitchelton-Scott / during the 109th Milan-Sanremo 2018 a 291km race from Milan to Sanremo on March 17, 2018 in Sanremo, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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With the dates of the men's and women's WorldTour races now confirmed by the UCI, riders and teams are facing some difficult decisions on their schedules as France and Italy offer alternative and often rival calendars in August and September.

The primary focus of the new men's calendar was to secure dates for the three Grand Tours, major Classics and road Race World Championships, which have all been rescheduled between August and November. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.