Professionals face difficult selection between Excursion de France and Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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Pros face tough choice between Tour de France and Tokyo Olympics in 2020


With not up to per week keeping apart the top of the 2020 Excursion de France and the Tokyo Olympics street race, riders is also pressured to choose from the 2 large races.

The organisers of subsequent 12 months’s Excursion have shifted the race ahead within the calendar making it imaginable for riders to race in France ahead of turning their consideration to their medal ambitions.

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However even with the adjusted agenda Olympic hopefuls may have simply have six days from the Excursion end in Paris to arrange for the street race in Tokyo, and with a 12-hour flight from the French capital to East Asia, riders would possibly face a difficult selection subsequent July.

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Reigning Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, who’s the megastar rider for his CCC Staff and will probably be anticipated to experience the Excursion, however is anxious concerning the hole.

The Belgian instructed house newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “In case you are driving at the Champs-Élysées on Sunday at 10pm, you can not be in the most efficient situation, particularly with the time distinction, jet lag and climate prerequisites, in Tokyo on Saturday. However I experience for a group that will pay me all 12 months and I’m the chief of the group.

“Don’t experience the Excursion or depart early? It’s not an evident selection.”

In 2016 Van Avermaet was once in a position to complete the Excursion, having gained degree 5 to Le Lioran and conserving the yellow jersey for 3 days, ahead of racing the Clasica San Sebastian in overdue July after which profitable gold on the Olympics in Brazil within the first week of August.



The Excursion will probably be held previous subsequent 12 months, beginning on June 27 and completing on July 19, to deal with riders collaborating within the Olympics, however with a seven-hour time distinction and humid summer season prerequisites riders would preferably spend two weeks in Japan ahead of the race to acclimatise.

Lotto-Soudal rider Tiesj Benoot, an impressive one-day rider with confirmed hiking skill, could also be hoping for variety, telling Het Nieuwsblad: “It sort of feels tricky to complete the Excursion and move to Tokyo. I actually wish to move.

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“I don’t need to sacrifice my complete season for it. I will nonetheless experience the spring Classics after which paintings in opposition to the Olympics. I’d don’t have any drawback skipping the Excursion for a 12 months. The Excursion isn’t a will have to – there’s nonetheless the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.”

A take a look at tournament for the Olympic street race direction will probably be hung on July this 12 months, giving riders the chance to recce the 234-kilometre path from Musashinonomori Park in Tokyo to the speedway on the foot of Mount Fuji.

The mountainous path racks up 4,865 metres of hiking over 5 passes.

Global champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has put an Olympic gold medal on the best of his wish-list.

Tokyo will be the ultimate alternative for the Spaniard to reach that dream, as he plans to retire on the finish of the 2021 season.



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