RAC­ING AHEAD

Cycling Weekly - - WEEKLY COLUMN -

Fa­menne Ar­denne clas­sic (Sept 27)

A lumpy pro­file that con­cludes with three as­cents of the Côte de Charneux, a 1.6km climb av­er­ag­ing 4.4 per cent, Moreno Hofland is de­fend­ing his ti­tle for Lot­tosoudal, who are the only other World­tour team aside from Lot­tonl-jumbo com­pet­ing. Young Brits Char­lie Quar­ter­man and Adam Lewis are rac­ing.

Tour of Al­maty (Sept 29-30)

Two stages await the rid­ers in Kaza­khstan, at a race in which lo­cal Alexey Lut­senko (As­tana) has won the past four edi­tions. Both stages are re­served for climbers and punchy rid­ers.

Tour de Vendée (Sept 30)

Christophe La­porte has won two of the last three edi­tions of the race, and his Cofidis team are on the start­line. Al­most al­ways won by a sprinter, it is sched­uled to be Syl­vain Cha­vanel’s penul­ti­mate race be­fore he re­tires. Binche-chi­may-binche (oct 2)

Dy­lan Groe­newe­gen (Lot­tonl-jumbo) and Ar­naud Dé­mare (Groupama-fdj) go head-to-head in this one-day Bel­gian race that was won by Adam Blythe in 2012.

Sparkassen mün­ster­land Giro (oct 3)

Sam Ben­nett won last year, and in June the Ir­ish­man won the Rund um Köln. Since then, though, he has strug­gled for form, so Pas­cal Ack­er­mann may lead Bora-hans­grohe. Ger­man Phil Bauhaus leads Team Sun­web.

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