Tour of Hangzhou added to WorldTour

Jan 11, 2010
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Goddamn it UCI, get the hell out with this crap! If you're so concerned with the future of cycling, try to get the Chinese to sponsor some of the Spanish races that riders actually want to race.
 
Jun 20, 2011
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All depends on route. If its going to be interesting race with some decent parcours noone will complain a lot about race itself (about uci and their strange ideas i guess evryone will complain :) ) But honestly im expecting something similiar to Bejing meaning extremely boring race with almost flat stages only. No action. And gc decided on time trial.
 
Sep 20, 2011
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It's about time the cycling teams boycot the UCI. Only in it to fill their own pockets but couldn't give a **** about the riders. When are they gonna put on Armstrong on trial? The biggest fraud in the history of cycling. Oh no, they won't. He made them a lot of money.
 
Meh.
It's down for October 17-21 of this year, so what's the problem.
Another race to watch and after the normal season end.
Call it WT if they want, I don't care.
In any case, we all know that the World Tour is really called the Money Tour.

On a separate, but similar theme.
Has anybody else noticed Dave Harmon is now plugging the Tour of Taiwan?
Seems Eurosport are bringing this little known "gem",:rolleyes: live to our screens, this month.
 
Lol.

2013, the UCI cancels the Tour de Suisse to make room in the World Tour calendar for the Tour of the United Arab Emirates. Which doesn't have a Jebel Hafeet MTF either.

By 2020, the WorldTour calendar consists entirely of races that had never held an edition prior to 2005.
 
Mar 13, 2009
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If they want WorldTour races in Asia they should just upgrade already existing ones like Langkawi and Qinghai Lake instead of making up these new ones
 
Mar 11, 2009
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What are the odds the race will be put on by McQuaid's brother's company. Wasn't that or something similar the case with the Tour of Bejing?
 
Mellow Velo said:
Meh.
It's down for October 17-21 of this year, so what's the problem.
Another race to watch and after the normal season end.
Call it WT if they want, I don't care.
In any case, we all know that the World Tour is really called the Money Tour.
Agreed. Huangzhou's air pollution is nowhere near as bad as Beijing's, so I can't really fault it.
 
My problem with these new WT stage races is that they give as many points as winning the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix or Liege Bastogne Liege. Which, if you think about it, is ridicolous and should never happen.

Now some ***-clown who has some late season form and decides to go for the Chinese races can suddenly destroy the World Tour ranking :eek:
Imagine Michael Rogers feels good in october, wins both races and wins the World Tour as a result?
 
Jan 22, 2011
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Meh, did too many people really care about who wins the world tour, even before more and more of these started appearing on the calendar?
 
Jan 22, 2011
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
I care... that's enough for me. ;)

I just want a normal official (so not CQ) UCI ranking which is somewhat realistic in showing who's the best rider over the year.
WT is a joke :(
Well, they have their official ranking which they use to evaluate the sporting criteria, which is closer to CQ than it is to WT..... Problem is they don't show these ranking off to anybody
 
Portugal (since 1927) is 2.1, Colombia (since 1951) is 2.2, Qatar (since 2002) is 2.HC, California (since 2006) is 2.HC, Oman (since 2010) is 2.HC.....

Why do they call it Historical Calendar?

About World Tour, I agree with Dekker, it's just wrong that crap races like Beijing give the same points as monuments and truely important races.
 

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