Vasseur: New calendar gives hope but needs validation

Cofidis 2019 - Roubaix - 18/01/2019 - Cedric Vasseur photo Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto©2019
Cofidis general manager Cedric Vasseur (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Cofidis general manager Cedric Vasseur has applauded steps taken by Tour de France organisers ASO, and the sport’s governing body, the UCI, but stressed that their plans to kick-start the WorldTour calendar still need validation from government authorities.

Last week the UCI unveiled a new-look calendar that includes dates for the Grand Tours, Monuments, and several other leading WorldTour events. The new programme lined out all three Grand Tours taking place within a 71-day window, with ASO having already announced that the Tour de France would take place between August 29 and September 20.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.