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2008 Virtual Directeur Sportif Comp: The Races

Mr. Van P got the ball rolling, thankfully, and I want to hone in on some decisions. I like the idea of reducing the number of races, to simplify things a bit for the players and Clydesdale too (not that he'd ask us to do this, but it can't hurt). For me, the presence of races I couldn't follow watered things down somewhat. So let's explore a shorter list. I'll categorize and let me know which categories should be in or out, as well as which single races should be moved.

[One entire category of requested input: can you help me sort out the good 5-7 day Spanish regional races from the crap?)

Grand Tours (obviously in)

Monuments (ditto)
Milan-San Remo
Tour of Flanders
Tour of Lombardy

Other Big Classics (solidly in)
Het Volk
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Amstel Gold
Fleche Wallonne
Clasica San Sebastian
Gp Ouest France-Plouay
Zuri-Metzgete (if it happens)

Big Stage Races (solidly in)
Tirreno - Adriatico
Tour de Romandie
Dauphine Libere
Tour de Suisse
Deutschland Tour

Secondary Classics and Stage Races (debatable, I say yes)
Dwaars door Vlaanderen
Criterium International
Dredaagse de Panne
Vuelta c. al Pais Vasco
Euskal Bizikleta
Vattenfalls Classic

Other Notable Classics/Stage Races (debatable, I say no)
Vuelta a Murcia
Dreidaagse West Vlaanderen
Rund Um Koln
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon
GP Waregem
Brabantse Pijl (borderline)
Klasika Primavera
Circuit de la Sarthe
Tour de Georgia
Giro del Trentino
Rund um den Henninger Turm
Giro della Toscana
Vuelta Asturias
Volta a Catalunya (borderline?)
Route du Sud
Eindhoven TTT
Tour of Austria (nice calendar slot)
Sachsen Tour
Brixia Tour
Wallonie Tour
Vuelta a  Burgos
Eneco Tour
Tour of Poland
Tour of Missouri
Tour de L'Avenir
Tour of Britain
[Additions should come from this list]

Everything else that's not in such as...
Tour Down Under (impracticably early)
Tour of Qatar
Tour Med
Tour of California (sorry)
Vuelta Andalucia
Olympic Road Race
World Championships

Did I miss (or misplace) anything?