Duo Nor­mand

Procycling - - Prologue -

28 Septem­ber,

1.1, This two-up, 54km time trial uses a fig­ure-of-eight course from Marigny. In 2013, Orica-GreenEdge went one-two as Svein Tuft and Luke Dur­bridge won and Jens Mouris and Michael Hep­burn came sec­ond. As a bonus, Tuft and Dur­bridge broke Chris Board­man and Jens Voigt’s course record of 1:04:47 – set in 1999 – by 37 seconds. The event’s many cat­e­gories give ju­niors, U23s and even am­a­teurs the chance to race along­side the pros. Pro­cy­cling will be rac­ing there.

France 5 Mi­lano-Torino 1 Oc­to­ber, Italy

1.HC, The old­est Ital­ian Clas­sic, which only re­turned in 2012 after a five-year hia­tus, is tee­ter­ing once again. The cur­rent or­gan­is­ers, AC Arona, are in the fi­nal year of a con­tract with RCS Sport, which also owns the Giro, and there are com­pli­cat­ing fac­tors to a re­newal. AC Arona’s pres­i­dent has been linked to the em­bez­zle­ment scan­dal that brought down for­mer Giro di­rec­tor, Michele Ac­quarone. If that wasn’t enough, last year’s win­ner, Lam­pre-Merida’s Diego Ulissi is also un­der a cloud: a test taken at the Giro d’Italia in­di­cated almost dou­ble the per­mit­ted level of salbu­ta­mol, a drug used to treat breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. He is cur­rently sus­pended.

6 Sparkassen Mün­ster­land Giro 3 Oc­to­ber, Ger­many

1.1, Wheels are turn­ing to bring the Tour back to Ger­many for the 2017 Grand Dé­part and Mün­ster­land could be the lo­ca­tion. Last year the 201km elite race, which is the high­light of a fes­ti­val of cy­cling, was won by Belkin’s Jos Van Em­den. The race was orig­i­nally con­ceived in 2000 and used to cross the bor­der from Hol­land to Ger­many. Lat­vian Alek­sejs Saramotins is the only rider to have bro­ken the stran­gle­hold of the Dutch and Ger­mans, in 2009.

Mi­lano-Torino has a great his­tory but is un­der threat once more

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