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Who’s racing the place in 2021

With races getting cancelled by the working day, making concrete designs for the new season still appears a little bit of a fool’s errand however most WorldTour groups now have a image of their main goals and where they’ll be sending their riders in 2021. 

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Coaching camps have been getting position during Europe and as considerably as the UAE this January, with pre-year meetings an suitable celebration to thrash out race programmes. 

As generally the outlines about which the calendar is colored in are the Grand Tours, with the Giro d’Italia from May 8-30, the Tour de France from June 26-July 18, and the Vuelta a España from August 14-September 5.

2020 Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar has presently confirmed he will goal a second yellow jersey, ahead of likely on to ride the Vuelta a España. UAE Workforce Emirates have introduced that the Slovenian will be joined in France by new signing Marc Hirschi and Alexander Kristoff.

Jumbo-Visma, who had been rocked when Pogačar snatched yellow from Primož Roglič on the penultimate time demo, have announced that they’ll return to France with Steven Kruijswijk signing up for Roglič and possibly Tom Dumoulin, depending on how long he can take out of the sport. 

Chris Froome has stated his goal of winning a fifth yellow jersey as he embarks on lifestyle at Israel Start out-Up Country, even though Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), and the Movistar duo of Enric Mas and Miguel Angel López are all set to engage in a element in the over-all struggle.

The finest Grand Tour thriller surrounds Ineos Grenadiers, who have still to publicly define their strategies for 2021.

2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal instructed in a person job interview that he would goal the Tour, but then in another that he would want to make his Giro debut. The British group also have previous Grand Tour winners Geraint Thomas, Richard Carapaz, Adam Yates and Tao Geoghegan Hart to take into account.

With so a lot of flat levels, it is no surprise to see a top quality sprint industry by now in place, showcasing the likes of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), and the Bora-Hansgrohe duo of Pascal Ackermann and Peter Sagan. 

Giro attractiveness and Olympic uncertainty

The Tour isn’t for anyone, however. 

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) have by now taken a glance at the 58km of time trialling on the 2021 route and decided it is not really worth their time. In spite of the actuality that the route for the Giro d’Italia has however to be publicly unveiled, they’ve previously made the decision to head to Italy in May well. 

A further variable that could set even far more riders off the Tour is the Olympic Online games street race, which usually takes area in Tokyo just 5 times following the peloton reaches Paris. Whilst quite a few riders enjoy fantastic type in the races following a Grand Tour, there is minor wiggle area when it will come to conquering jetlag and acclimatising. What’s creating the authentic uncertainty is the coronavirus condition, and the lack of clarity in excess of whether or not the Video games will essentially go in advance and if athletes would have to quarantine for a particular period of time of time upon arrival in Japan. 

Remco Evenepoel is arguably a Giro favorite but there’s even uncertainty about his 2021 immediately after he was pressured to sluggish his restoration from his Il Lombardia crash. The pelvis fracture that prevented him from creating his Grand Tour debut in Italy very last period has thrown up much more issues. He stopped education in mid-December, with no specific timeframe on his return to racing or if he will ride the Corsa Rosa. 

As properly as Pinot and Buchmann, challengers for the maglia rosa include two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali – element of a Trek-Segafredo group that also incorporates Mollema and Giulio Ciccone –  Mikel Landa – who’s carrying out the Giro-Tour double – George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Alexandr Vlasov (Astana), and Marc Soler (Movistar).

La Vuelta

As for the Vuelta, the start out listing is always a tiny thinner at this time of the 12 months. Offered it is autumn slot, it is much more of an afterthought, with riders waiting around to see how they perform and occur out of the Giro or Tour. 

Even though Pogačar has announced his existence at the race exactly where he gained a few phases and finished 3rd general in 2019, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) is the rider who has shouted loudest about his intentions, with the strategy to find out from Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro before taking the reins in Spain. 

Movistar, predictably, are managing their residence race with the utmost regard, sending all four of their Grand Tour leaders, with Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler – who’s leading at the Giro – signing up for Mas and López. 

The Vuelta has also been handled as a heat-up race for World Championships contenders, and Matteo Trentin (UAE Group Emirates) has confirmed his presence ahead of hoping to proper his 2019 Yorkshire wrongs on a Flanders training course that ought to accommodate the Classics experts. Nevertheless, the greater part of the big-identify Classics stars are most likely to head to the Tour de France as soon as the spring commitments are out of the way. 

Mikel Landa and Bauke Mollema are executing the Giro-Tour double but the award for Grand Tour fanatic goes to Caleb Ewan, who’s racing all 3, with the purpose of profitable phases in all a few – something not found considering the fact that Alessandro Petacchi in 2003.

Beneath is a checklist of confirmed riders for each and every Grand Tour, which we are going to be retaining current as we get additional information and facts.

Giro d’Italia

GC riders

  • Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Alexandr Vlasov (Astana)
  • Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Marc Soler (Movistar)
  • Brandon McNulty (UAE Crew Emirates)
  • Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Domenico Pozzovivo (Qhubeka Assos)


  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Fernando Gaviria (UAE Crew Emirates)
  • Elia Viviani (Cofidis)

Tour de France

GC riders

  • Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates)
  • Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Country)
  • Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Enric Mas (Movistar)
  • Miguel Angel López (Movistar)
  • David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)


  • Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Alexander Kristoff (UAE Group Emirates)
  • Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Elia Viviani (Cofidis)


  • Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech)
  • Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal)

Vuelta a España

GC riders

  • Tadej Pogačar (UAE Staff Emirates)
  • Enric Mas (Movistar)
  • Miguel Angel López (Movistar)
  • Marc Soler (Movistar)
  • Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
  • Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Matteo Trentin (UAE Staff Emirates)
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