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Haf­jell GP, lille­ham­mer GP and Gylne Gutuer (Aug 31-Sept 2)

New for this year, these three one-day races in Nor­way are be­ing grouped to­gether to form a mini tour of the country. All clas­si­fied as UCI 1.2 events, Haf­jell GP will be a time trial. Both the Lille­ham­mer GP and Gylne Gutuer races will test rid­ers on un­du­lat­ing par­cours.

Brus­sels cy­cling clas­sic (Sept 1)

Pre­vi­ously known as Paris-brux­elles un­til 2013 when the race or­gan­is­ers de­cided to keep the en­tire route in Bel­gium, one of the old­est races on the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar is a favoured haunt for sprint­ers. 2017’s win­ner Ar­naud Dé­mare leads Groupama-fdj, with com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing Trek-segafredo’s John De­genkolb.

GP de Four­mies (Sept 2)

The 86th edi­tion of the north­ern French race, the par­cours suit fast rid­ers and those who like to try brave at­tacks to catch oth­ers un­aware. Nacer Bouhanni and Ro­main Feillu are re­cent two-time win­ners, the lat­ter lead­ing St Michel-auber93. Alexan­der Kristoff heads UAE-TEAM Emi­rates.

la Philippe Gil­bert ju­niors (Sept 2)

A key race for the in­ter­na­tional ju­nior pelo­ton in de­ter­min­ing fu­ture tal­ent, Tom Pid­cock won in 2016, with fel­low Brit El­liot Redfern in fifth place. Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Jan Bake­lants and Jasper Stuyven. Five steep climbs are in­cluded in the race.

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