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The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana are set to overlap in October as cycling's governing body the UCI unveiled ambitious plans to squeeze as much of the 2020 WorldTour season as possible into three months

The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana are set to overlap in October as cycling's governing body the UCI unveiled ambitious plans to squeeze as much of the 2020 WorldTour season as possible into three months

The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana are set to overlap in October as cycling's governing body the UCI unveiled ambitious plans to squeeze as much of the 2020 WorldTour season as possible into three months

The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana are set to overlap in October as cycling's governing body the UCI unveiled ambitious plans to squeeze as much of the 2020 WorldTour season as possible into three months.

The Tour de France remains on its previously announced dates of August 29-September 20, two months later than originally scheduled, while the Giro is now set to take place from October 3-25 with a shortened 18-stage Vuelta slated for October 20-November 8.

The plan will see racing resume with a men's and women's edition of Italian one-day race Strade Bianche on August 1, with the Vuelta the last race of the season.

The accompanying women's event, the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, would take place from November 6-8.

Though British fans already knew they had lost the Women's Tour, originally scheduled for June, the men's RideLondon-Surrey Classic retains its original August 16 date, which is now also the final date of a shortened Criterium du Dauphine.

The Tour of Britain, set for September, is not a WorldTour race so was not covered by this announcement, but organisers remain optimistic it can go ahead.

UCI president David Lappartient said: "We have drawn up a solid, attractive and varied new calendar that is as realistic and coherent as possible.

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"This is a very important step that the entire cycling community, financially impacted by the pandemic, has been waiting for to move forward."

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