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Your 2010 VDS Race Calendar [Proposed]

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Doing the Notice and Comment thing here. I like what the Editors and I have drawn up here, but am willing to be persuaded otherwise. The principles that apply to race selection are as follows:

  • It has to have a strong field. And by this I mean in 2010, though past editions are a good indicator. But there has been some significant reshuffling, of course.
  • It has to contribute to a balanced calendar. I can't just add all the Italian races, since doing so would favor Italian riders and teams over the Spanish, French, Dutch, etc. So the balance between Italy, France, Spain and Belgium is reasonably fair -- not including the grand tours, which don't favor locals exclusively, if at all.
  • Watchable is better than unwatchable, but obviously we're straying well beyond those ever-shifting limitations.
  • Repetitive sprints... not particularly favored, though I think there's enough regardless.

That's it. Race list on the flip.

February

27 Het Volk (4)

28 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (5)

27 GP dell’Insubria-Lugano (6)

28 Clasica de Almeria (6)

28 GP di Lugano (6)

March

1-7 Tour of Langkawi (6)

3 Giro del Friuli (6)

3 Le Samyn (6)

3-7 Vuelta a Murcia (5)

5-7 Driedaagse West Vlaanderen (6)

6 Monte Paschi Eroica (5)

7-14 Paris-Nice (3)

10-16 Tirreno-Adriatico (3)

17 Nokere-Koerse (6)

20 Milan-San Remo (2)

21 Ronde van het Groene Hart (6)

22-28 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (5)

23-27 Settimana Coppi e Bartali (6)

24 Dwars door Vlaanderen (5)

27 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (4)

27-28 Critérium International (5)

28 Gent-Wevelegem (4)

29 Brabantse Pijl (5)

30-4/1 Dreidaagse de Panne (5)

April

3 GP Miguel Indurain (5)

5 Tour of Flanders (2)

5 Rund um Köln (5)

5-10 Vuelta Ciclista a Pais Vasco (3)

7 Scheldeprijs (5)

10 Ronde van Drenthe (6)

11 Paris-Roubaix (2)

11 Klasika Primavera (5)

14-18 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (5)

13 Paris-Camembert (6)

17 Tour du Finistere (6)

18 Amstel Gold Race (4)

20-23 Giro del Trentino (6)

21 La Flèche Wallonne (4)

25 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2)

27 Subida al Naranco (6)

27-5/2 Tour de Romandie (3)

May

1 Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (5)

2 Giro di Toscana (6)

2 Trophee des Grimpeurs (6)

5-9 4 Jours de Dunkirque (5)

8-30 Giro d'Italia (1)

14-16 Tour de Picardie (6)

16-23 Tour of California (5) 

26-30 Tour of Belgium (6)

26-30 Bayern Rundfahrt (6)

June

2-6 Tour de Luxembourg (6)

6 GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen (6)

6 Philly Int'l Championship (6)

6-13 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (3)

12-20 Tour de Suisse (3)

16-20 Ster Elektroer (5)

22-28 National Championships (bonus)

25 Giro dell'Appennino (6)

July

3-25 Tour de France (1)

 4-7 Osterreich Rundfahrt (5)

31 Clasica San Sebastian (4)

August

2 Urkiola Igoera (6)

1-7 Tour of Poland (5)

4-8 Post Danmark Rundt (6)

4-8 Vuelta a Burgos (6)

7 GP Citta di Camaiore (6)

8 Sparkassen Giro Bochum (6)

15 Vattenfalls Classic (4)

17 Tre Valle Varesine (6)

17-24 Tour de BeNeLux (5)

17-20 Tour du Limousin (6)

19 Copa Bernocchi (6)

22 GP Ouest France-Plouay (4)

24-27 Tour du Poitou (6)

28-19 Sept Vuelta a Espana (1)

30-5 Sept Tour of Missouri (6)

September

5 Giro della Romagna (6)

10-Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (6)

11 Paris-Brussels (6)

11 Giro del Lazio (6)

11-18 Tour of Britain (6)

15 Gp de Wallonie (6)

18 Memorial Cimurri (6)

19 GP d'Isbuerges (6)

26 Tour de Vendee (6)

30 World Champs Time Trial (2)

30-3 Oct Circuit Franco-Belge (5)

October

3 World Champs Road Race (2)

10 Munsterland Giro (6)

7 Coppa Sabatini (5)

7 Paris-Bourges (6)

9 Giro dell'Emilia (4)

10 Paris-Tours (4)

# Jayco Herald Sun Tour (6)  No Dates yet ????

14 Giro del Piemonte (6)

16 Giro di Lombardia (2)