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If you could change anything about the UCI calendar...(2 posts)

If you could change anything about the UCI calendar...yeah right
May 24, 2002 12:20 PM
what would it be?

So, I've been following racing closely for about two years now (yeah, I'm a relative newbie), and I've been wondering what changes would make the year more exciting and allow for more great riders to go head to head when they're at their peak. For instance, Armstrong trains for the Tour but does not strongly contest many other races, including the world championships.

To make the season shorter and more competitive for the entire length of the season, I think there should only be one 20+ stage tour, which would rotate between the Giro, Tour and Vuelta, while the other two would become 10 stage tours a la Swiss, allowing all the top GC riders to go at each other once a year, instead of spreading out their efforts. This would also allow the Wold Championship races to be moved up much earlier in the year, allowing more people to compete at the height of their form. I'd also give UCI points for every few kilos to riders in solo or small group breakaways at major races, encouraging less known riders to give it a go. FWIW I'd leave the spring alone, but possibly ad another WC race or two in the early fall. What would you do?
re: If you could change anything about the UCI calendar...Wannabe
May 24, 2002 12:31 PM
I don't know if it would be possible, but find a way to spread out the three GTs a bit more so in this day and age of specializing and extreme peaking a rider could be at optimum level for more than just 1 tour.