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Both Tour of Britain & Women's Tour have been taken off the schedule in the UCI latest calendar update, though Women's tour still showing in Women's world tour pages calendar...presumably just a case of UCI not updating all the pages properly yet.

It was largely expected at this point, though British Cycling are expected to make an announcement about the Tour of Britain this week.

They published the Elite road racing task force, whove since disbanded, recommendations over the weekend, which I don't think is going to help BC find the answer to road racing in the UK, even if some of the suggestions are fairly practical.
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A loop near the end so that they do two sectors twice? Bah. There are so many options, and there is no good reason to change the last 110 km of the route as it was.

Distance is good, but this is not a good way to achieve it.
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Dauphine has announced it route for 2024. It's quite heavy, and perfect for Vingegaard to put his rivals in doubt for the TDF.

I like it mostly.

Looks they're doing Plateau de Glieres from the soft side though?
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Hopefully jumbo visma tries to keep Vingegard in a Tignes hotel until le tour and doesn't let him do this race. Because then it might be quite good, with remco having an advantage after the timed trial and Roglic being forced to actually attack him in the final weeekend .
Hehe, true. I guess it looks great. But I think and fear that Vingegaard 's superiority will render the route somewhat unimportant and it will be a bland race because of him.
For the last stage, I'd have liked if they went over Pitons from the hard side instead of going over Salève first from Mornex. And doing both of them, you can still have the full ascents in the right order: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45485508
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I think the parcours is good relative to the riders' strengths, the tt is long enough for Evenepoel to get a decent enough advantage such that Vingegaard will be kept honest, an uphill sprint at the end of stages suits Roglic also. Only being 1 week nullifies his greatest strength I.E inhuman recovery over 3 weeks and he wont be in top form yet, last year beaten by MIkkel Bjerg against the clock.

It's also very hard, Pogacar might be hoping it turns into this huge attritional pissing contest, enough to disrupt ideal preparation like Tirreno 2021 did to Van Aert's classics season.
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