Well, let's hope they feel hard-pressed to produce an awesome event in order to keep the sponsors around. This entire concept is of course based on the likely condition that TdF gets cancelled. (If it doesn't, Vegni will just queeze in GdI somewhere, and problem solved.) Here, it'd be the Vuelta organizers doing everybody a favour by organizing this 3gtn1 in September instead of just running the Vuelta exactly as planned. (ASO owning both the Tour and the Vuelta helps our chances.)For us, the fans, this would be a great move. As for the rest, people organizing, likely too much selfishness and personal interests involved for such race to realistically happen.
Also this. And we really need a return of those race design challengesFor a lack of 3 GTs I fear the only appropriate compensation is one of those fantasy Roman Empire races.
Spain has obviously fewer great passes but there's definitely still a few that could really make it work. It would just require climbs like Hazallanas and Ancares be used properly. Also, Pico Veleta south side, puhleaaaseIt's a really nice route. I love the amount of hilly puncheur stages. That said, in terms of racing I think Spain is least suited to host the final week. It's the classic vuelta problem that most of their really nice climbs are one way roads and can only be used as mtf's leading to a lack of opportunities for big moves from far out. Anyway, I think I'll try to do something similar myself.
Also this. And we really need a return of those race design challenges
Strictly applying my "no transfers" rule, I should have made them cross Aspin towards the finish line in Sainte-Marie de Campan, where they'll spend the night anyway and where the ITT begins. But I didn't want any downhill finishes in a shortened season to avoid riders literally risking their lives to secure a new contract. Finishing atop Col d'Aspin, I'm assuming that's where all riders will get their jackets and gently roll down the other side for their well-deserved massage. Don't really care about pleasing the rest of the circus.Then again the Tour has also managed finishes at Galibier, Izoard, Portet and the like. Aspin fits in that list, although there are harder, logistically easier finishes nearby.