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