UCI Continental Circuits recommence

While the ProTour season runs from March to October, the UCI's Continental Tour circuits for second-tier teams are year-round competitions, reflecting the seasons in areas such as Oceania and Africa, where racing continues during the traditional 'out-of-competition' period.

The UCI Europe Tour opened on October 15 (slightly bending the notion that these series fit with the local season), while the Africa Tour, the America Tour, the Asia Tour and the Oceania Tour began on October 1. These series have already yielded their first leaders after just a few weeks of racing.

Ukrainian Sergiy Matveyev (Ceramica Panaria - Navigare) leads the Europe Tour, while France's David Jungels tops the the Africa Tour. Giro king of the mountains in 2005, Venezuelan José Rujano Guillen (Selle Italia-Colombia) heads the America Tour, while Ireland's David McCann leads the UCI Asia Tour. Finally, Australian Simon Gerrans (AG2r Prévoyance) leads the UCI Oceania after his victory in the Herald-Sun Tour.

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