The Five Most Anticipated Races in 2020

Heading to the road cycling season 2020, I picked five events worth looking for.

Men’s Elite Road Race/ UCI World Championship 2020, Switzerland (20-27 September 2020.)

According to the experts, it will be one of the hardest  World Championship course in four decades. A very-very hilly route, good for the climbers, but just only for them.  It will be a similar race like what we saw in Innsbruck in 2018. Hopefully, also as exciting as that was 2 years ago.

Summit finish on the Tourmalet (Stage 9)/Vuelta a Espana 2020 (14 August-6 September 2020) 

The organizer of the Tour de France has left out the famous mountain from this year’s program, but we’ll have another chance to enjoy a thrilling race up to the top of the hill. Possibly it won’t be a decisive stage, but yet… it’s the Tourmalet!

Milano-Sanremo (21 March 2020)

There are only 3 riders, who has won all the five Monuments at least one time: Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck. But after his Paris-Roubaix victory last year, Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal) has a big chance to join them.  Four Monuments are already in his backpack (Il Lombardia 2009, 2010, Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2011, Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017, Paris Roubaix 2019), only La Classicissima is missing. Of course, lots of things can happen until the middle of March, but when he will be at the start line, he can write history. (No pressure, Philippe,  really, not at all!)

36 km ITT up to the La Planches des Belles Filles on the penultimate stage/ Tour de France (27 June- 19 July 2020) 

This will be the only time trial stage at the redesigned Tour de France this year.  Only the last 6 kilometers are steep, therefore it’s not exactly a mountain time trial. But the race will be decided definitely on those last 6 kilometers.

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Paris-Roubaix (12 April 2020)

Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) is going to race The Hell of the North. Should I say anything else to it?

I mean, it’s the same case as the one with Gilbert and the Milano-Sanremo above, nothing is 100% sure. But the race is in  MVDP’s impressive spring calendar. And that can give us hope.

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