Deceuninck-Quick-Step reacts to new dates on UCI calendar
Apr 15 2020 10:37 pm CET

Deceuninck-Quick-Step reacts to new dates on UCI calendar
Deceuninck-Quick-Step reacts to new dates on UCI calendar

The UCI has announced the dates for the 2020 Tour de France and the World Championships, as well as an overview on the other grand tours.

The French grand tour will take place between the 29th of August and the 20th of September and will keep the same course that was announced. The race will be followed by the world championships, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, but the grand tours still not have any definite dates yet.

"I am happy that we have more or less a schedule and that it includes all the big events," said Deceuninck-Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere. "Some other races are very likely to take place in early August to give riders the opportunity to arrive in a good condition at the start of Le Tour, which will also be of importance.

"Of course, it depends from country to country, but the riders could have the possibility to run an intense training program in July, before resuming racing, so that they are fit until the end of the season."

Julian Alaphilippe -who wore the Yellow Jersey for two weeks at the 2019 edition of the race- is also pleased with the announcement. "I’m really happy to finally have a calendar, to see that races like the Tour de France, the Worlds, and the Monuments are planned to go ahead," the Frenchman said.

"It’s a light at the end of the tunnel, which is something good for the morale in times like these as it gives you an extra boost to work harder in order to be fit for when the moment will come to be again with my teammates."

Bob Jungels and Sam Bennett also reacted to the news. "Of course, the news is quite fresh and we will need to discuss all of the options as a team, but it is a bit of a relief that there is some sort of structure in place and we can look forward to racing again," said the Luxembourg champion. "I have still been training, but without a goal in mind it can be hard, so it’s nice to have some dates to aim for. It looks like a condensed period of racing, but I am sure we will all be ready to pin a number on by then and do what we love. Hopefully we are all safe to do so soon and I can look to build my program for the rest of the year with the team."

"Finally, today we woke up to some nice news," added the Irish national champion. "It’s really exciting to have something to target, this is very good for our sport, for the sponsors, for the riders and fans. We have something to aim for again, which is great. It means the season isn’t lost and that the show will go on a little bit. Hope everyone is excited as I am!"

European ITT champion Remco Evenepoel is also pleased with the rescheduling of the calendar. "I am glad that we have something, even if it means a few more months before we are back racing," the Belgian said.

"Of course, I will have to talk with the team and work together on a program, but things look better now that we have a calendar and it features the Worlds, the European Championships and all the other historic races. Knowing that they will take place makes me happy."

"It’s nice to see that we now have some dates and we know when the Tour de France will start, if everything will be fine in the world by then, and we know that the Monuments will be run as well," added Yves Lampaert. "We can set our goals and plan our training well. We are really looking forward to it and also to see our fans again supporting us from the side of the road, we miss that."




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