I would like this thread to serve 2 purposes.
The first is to establish the schedules of the riders.
The second is to establish the Parcors of the races.
We obviously know and have individual threads for some major riders and for the major grand tours already.
But what of the others.
First of all does anyone know the parcors for any of the week long races? Any announcments yet? If not any rumours about the parcors, or anyone know when they will be announced?
In the 1 day department
Ronde is obviously changing its course, as has been documented, and Lombardy will change its course and its date.
Secondly, the riders.
Liqui are apparently doing Giro Basso Tour Nibali.
Contador Schlecks, Cadel are all going to go to the Tour confirmed (unless Contador gets banned of course).
Samuel Sanchez is also, despite speculation that he would do the Giro, now going for the Tour, while Igor Anton will surprise surprise, target the race he holds closest to his heart.
And now for the speculation.
My guess would be he will go for all the classics bar PR like last year, and win some of them, and then do the first week of the Giro if not the first 2.
I do expect him to line up for the Tour though there is a good chance that he wont.
Surely 1st week of Giro, all of TDF and then olympics. Will he do Vuelta after that? He doesnt need to peak for worlds this time, so will he go for some stage wins in the Vuelta or will he rest after the earlier schedule?
Does Froome do the Tour. Probably yes. Does Uran save himself for domestiquing in the Tour? Probably yes. They will send a 2nd rate team to Giro I think, maybe with Porte though they want him doming in the Tour too. Henao probably to the Tour as the surprise.
Cadel and Contador early schedule and 1 day races
Cadel will probably go for Ardennes. WIll Contador do them? They both do Tirreno or maybe Cadel goes for Paris Nice. I wouldnt be surprised to see them both do Vuelta worlds after the Tour. Whether Contador will try to win some 1 day races or just go for Castille Leon and Pais Vasco is the main question.
Whats his schedule? I expect him to just go for everything he enters, Paris Nice, Spanish week races, Ardennes, Romandie, TDF Vuelta and Worlds. Whether going for it will mean challenging or coming in 15th, is the big question.
More to come.