CCC Team announces calendar for remainder of 2020
Jul 14 2020 08:32 pm CET

CCC Team announces calendar for remainder of 2020
CCC Team announces calendar for remainder of 2020
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CCC Team has confirmed the calendar it will face for the remainder of the 2020 season, which will start with the Vuelta a Burgos.

The cycling calendar had to be stopped in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic and after meetings and observations, the UCI announced a revamped schedule. The riders of CCC will start in Spain at the Vuelta a Burgos and it will follow a triple race program in August.

"We are now two weeks out from Vuelta a Burgos, so we are very much at the business end of our race preparations," said Sporting Manager Steve Bauer. "We have 16 riders currently training at altitude in Livigno ahead of our return to racing at the end of the month. Our goal when creating our calendar for the remainder of the season was to maximize the number of races in early August and give all of our riders the opportunity to get back to the start line as quickly as possible. For this reason, we have locked in races such as Vuelta a Burgos, La Route d'Occitanie, and Tour de l'Ain to build up to the key WorldTour stage races in August and to ensure none of our riders are left sitting on the sidelines.

"All 28 of our riders will return to racing by the end of the first week of August in what will essentially feel like the start of a new season. Running a triple race program will stretch our resources but our goal is to get back to business and start winning some races. At this stage, our calendar is comprised of 130 race days which will see most of our riders race an average of 35 days in the condensed four-month season."

The three leaders of the formation already know their first races of the restart of the season. Matteo Trentin will captain the roster at the Vuelta a Burgos, Greg Van Avermaet will lead at Strade Bianche and Ilnur Zakarin will return to racing at the Tour of Poland.

The three men will be at the Tour de France, while Patrick Bevin will be at the Giro d'Italia and the World Championships, and he will be joined at the Italian grand tour by Jakub Mareczko and Alessandro De Marchi, who will combine it with the Tour de France. Zakarin will lead the roster at the Vuelta a España and will be joined by Victor de la Parte.

Van Avermaet and Trentin will be together in Milano-Sanremo, the Tour de Wallonie and Bretagne Classic in preparation for the Tour de France. "Despite the changes in the race calendar, all of my goals remain largely the same and I will focus on the Classics and the Tour de France," said Van Avermaet. "I will restart my season with Strade Bianche, a race I still hope to win, before continuing the Italian block with Gran Trittico Lombardo and Milano - Torino and then Milano - San Remo. Then it will be nice to race on home soil at the Tour de Wallonie before lining up at Bretagne Classic and the Tour de France.

"I think these races will give me a good preparation before the Tour and help me to get to my top shape. It's going to be strange to line up with not many races in the legs but at the end of the day, it's the same for everyone. After the Tour de France, I'll be turning my attention back to the Classics with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Gent Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen, and Paris-Roubaix on my program. For me, it doesn't matter what time of the year we race the Classics, I know I'll be just as hungry to win in October."

"It's finally time to race and I'm really looking forward to it," added Trentin. "At the end of the day, lockdown in Monaco allowed me to rest mentally so I was really ready to restart training properly and now I've been back on the bike for a couple of months. My shape is good and it's getting better at altitude.

"My focus in the first part of the season will be Milano - San Remo and the Tour de France and then the second block will be all about the Classics. But I think there will not be much of a moment to breathe. It will be full gas from start to finish and I'm really looking forward to that and getting together with the guys again."

2020 race calendar

Vuelta a Burgos 28 July - 01 August
La Route d'Occitanie - La Dépêche du Midi 01 - 04 August
Strade Bianche 01 August
Gran Trittico Lombardo 03 August
Milano - Torino 05 August
Tour de Pologne 05 - 09 August
Tour de L'Ain 07 - 09 August
Milano - San Remo - 08 August
Gran Piemonte - 12 August
Critérium du Dauphiné - 12 - 16 August
Il Lombardia - 15 August
VOO Tour de Wallonie - 16 - 19 August
Bretagne Classic - Ouest France - 25 August
Tour Poitou - Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine 27 - 30 August
Tour de France 29 August - 20 September
Tour de Hongrie 29 August - 02 September
Tirreno - Adriatico - 07 - 13 September
GP Cycliste de Quebec - 11 September
GP Cycliste de Montreal - 13 September
Tour de Slovaquie - 16 - 19 September
BinckBank Tour 29 September - 03 October
La Flèche Wallonne - 30 September
Giro d'Italia - 03 - 25 October
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - 04 October
Binche - Chimay - Binche 06 October
Brabantse Pijl - 07 October
Amstel Gold Race - 10 October
Gent Wevelgem - In Flanders Fields - 11 October
Scheldeprijs - 14 October
Ronde van Vlaanderen - 18 October
Vuelta a España - 20 October - 08 November
AG Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne - 21 October
Paris - Roubaix - 25 October




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