Who’s racing where in 2021

With races currently being cancelled by the working day, generating concrete options for the new time still appears a bit of a fool’s errand still most WorldTour groups now have a photo of their key aims and the place they’ll be sending their riders in 2021. 

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Teaching camps have been taking area all over Europe and as significantly as the UAE this January, with pre-time conferences an excellent event to thrash out race programmes. 

As generally the outlines around which the calendar is colored in are the Grand Tours, with the Giro d’Italia from Could 8-30, the Tour de France from June 26-July 18, and the Vuelta a España from August 14-September 5.

2020 Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar has presently verified he will target a 2nd yellow jersey, in advance of going on to journey the Vuelta a España. UAE Team Emirates have declared that the Slovenian will be joined in France by new signing Marc Hirschi and Alexander Kristoff.

Jumbo-Visma, who had been rocked when Pogačar snatched yellow from Primož Roglič on the penultimate time demo, have announced that they’ll return to France with Steven Kruijswijk signing up for Roglič and potentially Tom Dumoulin, relying on how long he normally takes out of the sport. 

Chris Froome has said his aim of successful a fifth yellow jersey as he embarks on everyday living at Israel Start out-Up Country, when Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), and the Movistar duo of Enric Mas and Miguel Angel López are all set to participate in a aspect in the in general struggle.

The finest Grand Tour thriller surrounds Ineos Grenadiers, who have however to publicly outline their options for 2021.

2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal proposed in just one job interview that he would focus on the Tour, but then in a different that he would like to make his Giro debut. The British staff also have former Grand Tour winners Geraint Thomas, Richard Carapaz, Adam Yates and Tao Geoghegan Hart to consider.

With so a lot of flat stages, it is no surprise to see a top quality dash subject already in place, featuring the likes of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), and the Bora-Hansgrohe duo of Pascal Ackermann and Peter Sagan. 

Giro level of popularity and Olympic uncertainty

The Tour is not for everyone, nevertheless. 

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) have currently taken a look at the 58km of time trialling on the 2021 route and made a decision it is not well worth their time. Irrespective of the actuality that the route for the Giro d’Italia has nevertheless to be publicly unveiled, they’ve already determined to head to Italy in May. 

Another variable that could put even a lot more riders off the Tour is the Olympic Games road race, which can take location in Tokyo just 5 days soon after the peloton reaches Paris. While a lot of riders appreciate very good type in the races adhering to a Grand Tour, there is small wiggle area when it comes to overcoming jetlag and acclimatising. What is causing the true uncertainty is the coronavirus situation, and the deficiency of clarity in excess of whether the Online games will in fact go ahead and if athletes would have to quarantine for a particular period of time of time on arrival in Japan. 

Remco Evenepoel is arguably a Giro favourite but there is certainly even uncertainty about his 2021 after he was pressured to sluggish his recovery from his Il Lombardia crash. The pelvis fracture that prevented him from making his Grand Tour debut in Italy final year has thrown up extra troubles. He stopped schooling in mid-December, with no distinct timeframe on his return to racing or if he will experience the Corsa Rosa. 

As perfectly as Pinot and Buchmann, challengers for the maglia rosa incorporate two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali – aspect of a Trek-Segafredo workforce that also incorporates Mollema and Giulio Ciccone –  Mikel Landa – who’s performing the Giro-Tour double – George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Alexandr Vlasov (Astana), and Marc Soler (Movistar).

La Vuelta

As for the Vuelta, the commence checklist is always a very little thinner at this time of the yr. Offered it is autumn slot, it is additional of an afterthought, with riders waiting around to see how they perform and appear out of the Giro or Tour. 

While Pogačar has introduced his presence at the race exactly where he gained a few phases and completed 3rd over-all in 2019, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) is the rider who has shouted loudest about his intentions, with the strategy to study from Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro ahead of getting the reins in Spain. 

Movistar, predictably, are treating their home race with the utmost respect, sending all four of their Grand Tour leaders, with Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler – who’s major at the Giro – joining Mas and López. 

The Vuelta has also been taken care of as a warm-up race for Entire world Championships contenders, and Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) has verified his presence in advance of attempting to right his 2019 Yorkshire wrongs on a Flanders system that really should suit the Classics professionals. However, the majority of the big-name Classics stars are very likely to head to the Tour de France once the spring commitments are out of the way. 

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Mikel Landa and Bauke Mollema are accomplishing the Giro-Tour double but the award for Grand Tour fanatic goes to Caleb Ewan, who’s racing all a few, with the purpose of profitable phases in all three – one thing not seen since Alessandro Petacchi in 2003.

Down below is a checklist of verified riders for each Grand Tour, which we are going to be keeping up-to-date as we get a lot more facts.

Giro d’Italia

GC riders

  • Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Alexandr Vlasov (Astana)
  • Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Marc Soler (Movistar)
  • Brandon McNulty (UAE Crew Emirates)
  • Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Domenico Pozzovivo (Qhubeka Assos)


  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Fernando Gaviria (UAE Workforce Emirates)
  • Elia Viviani (Cofidis)

Tour de France

GC riders

  • Tadej Pogačar (UAE Workforce Emirates)
  • Chris Froome (Israel Start out-Up Nation)
  • Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Enric Mas (Movistar)
  • Miguel Angel López (Movistar)
  • David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)


  • Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Alexander Kristoff (UAE Crew Emirates)
  • Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Elia Viviani (Cofidis)


  • Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
  • Marc Hirschi (UAE Staff Emirates)
  • Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech)
  • Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal)

Vuelta a España

GC riders

  • Tadej Pogačar (UAE Staff Emirates)
  • Enric Mas (Movistar)
  • Miguel Angel López (Movistar)
  • Marc Soler (Movistar)
  • Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
  • Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


  • Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates)