In the last decade most Giro contenders didn't ride the Vuelta and vice versa. Gotti, Savoldelli, Simoni, Garzelli, Cunego, Gontchar, di Luca, Ricco not in the Vuelta, Heras, Sevilla, Valverde, Beloki, Nozal, Mancebo and Mozquera not in the Giro. So i don't think it would be to cluttered to harm the competition level that much. Although some of the Vuelta contenders also tried to ride a strong TDF which could be harmed by a GT prior to the TDF. So they might not run the vuelta anymore.auscyclefan94 said:Too cluttered at the start of the season and not enough races after the tour. I personally don't think it will happen. You will basically have a 6 month gap between the 2010 Vuelta and 2011 vuelta. It would seem very weird.
Biggest victim would be the tour of romandia and other smaller events in this period i think.
It's a shame that the Tour of Germany has collapsed, it could have filled the september gap great with a 2 week tour. No competition from the Vuelta anymore and a 2 week tour would be an ideal preparation for the worlds contenders (many say that the 3 week vuelta is to much to be in top shape at the worlds). Reinstate the world cup, add 2 or 3 one day courses counting for this cup, and you'd end up with this calender after the end of the TDF:
W1 - San Sebastian
W3 - Hamburg
W4 - Extra WC race (Zurich back?)
W2 - Tour of Germany
W3 - Tour of Germany
W4 - World Champs
W1 - Paris Tours
W2 - Extra WC race
W3 - Lombardia