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Cycling circuit after TdF?(5 posts)

Cycling circuit after TdF?McBaine
Jul 28, 2003 4:27 PM
I'm new to watching cycling. I'm curious what are the major annual events following the tour? How about major U.S. events? I would think the TdF riders would take some time off before another event.
re: Cycling circuit after TdF?atpjunkie
Jul 28, 2003 6:22 PM
next Grand Tour is Vuelta a ESPANA in Sept., World Champs Oct.
some 'classics in between' then cyclocross season in Oct. they don't televise much so write OLN and ask them to.
time off?mohair_chair
Jul 29, 2003 9:40 AM
These guys come out of the Tour tired, but a lot of them come out at the top of their form. Most of them won't take more than a day or two off. There are post-Tour criteriums to race, although these are normally exhibition races where riders are paid to participate and the winner is usually pre-determined.

Taking time off right now is a bad idea, because there are a couple of World Cup races coming up:

3 Aug: HEW-Cyclassics-Cup
9 Aug: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian
17 Aug: Züri Metzgete (Championship of Zurich or whatever that translates to)

Expect to see a lot of Tour riders contesting these. Last year, Laurent Jalabert took the climber's jersey at the Tour, then won San Sebastian. Dario Frigo won a stage at the Tour, then won at Zurich. Lance usually does San Sebastian and Zurich (3rd last year), but he'll be riding for Hincapie if he does it this year. Hincapie should be able to win one of these.

Back in the good old days before 1996, the World Championships used to occur in August, not October. Grand Tour riders could carry their form over and race for the rainbow jersey, unlike now, when October is just too far away. Greg Lemond won the Tour de France in 1989 and a few weeks later won the World Championships. We'll probably never see that again.
amazingMcBaine
Jul 29, 2003 2:53 PM
Wow those guys are amazing, or perhaps insane. While I increase my cadence for just a couple weeks and get forced out with knees all messed up. What are the major domestic events?
domesticatpjunkie
Aug 1, 2003 3:23 PM
NYC and SF GP (now T-Mobile) NYC is soon, SF is Sept 14 most likely i9n SF LA will ride for George