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2011 VDS Calendar Proposal

Yes, we are quietly getting the VDS ready to launch. I still have some homework to do on rider prices, but we will be announcing them soon. It probably won't be previewed for discussion; I'm just too overloaded to handle the information that opening up 1000 riders to individual arguments would generate. But I am happy to do that with the race calendar, being a shorter list and mostly being done deals.

A reminder of the categories:

  1. Grand Tours
  2. Monument classics and the world champs
  3. prominent stage races
  4. prominent one-day races
  5. solid stage and one-day races
  6. trial-basis, stage and one-day races
  7. [Special category] National Championships

Most of what you see on the flip is the same as last year, but:

  • some races didn't happen. That's a deal-breaker.
  • some races in cat-6 get bumped up for being solid, while others are proposed for the chopping block. Think of Cat-6 as probationary: you can remain there, but you're in position for either full freedom or the slammer.
  • I bumped up all the UCI Pro Tour races to cat-3 and cat-4, minimum. Debate me on Poland, but the teams are aware of the label.
  • New races all come in as cat-6, even the Quiznos Pro Challenge. We may be excited but nobody has any idea what that race will eventually look like.
  • I bumped up Dwars and the Scheldeprijs to 4. There is a slight distinction btw them and, say, E3, but I'm not sure it's worth a big markdown. They're quality races.
  • And a proposal: should the Tour de France remain on par with the other grand tours, or does it deserve more points? I'll tack on a poll for that one.

Legend: italics are added races; strikethroughs are to be removed. All changes, including cat changes, in bold.


Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (4)

Clasica Sarda (6)

GP dell’Insubria (6) (5)

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (5)

Clasica de Almeria (6) (5)

GP di Lugano (6)


Tour de Langkawi (6)

Giro del Friuli (6) (5)

Le Samyn (6)

Vuelta a Murcia (5)

Driedaagse West Vlaanderen (6)

Monte Paschi Eroica (5)(4)

Paris-Nice (3)

Tirreno-Adriatico (3)

Nokere-Koerse (6)

Milano-Sanremo (2)

Cholet Pays de La Loire (6)

Ronde van het Groene Hart (6)

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (5) (3)

Settimana Coppi e Bartali (6)

Dwars door Vlaanderen (5) (4)

E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (4)

Criterium International (5)

Gent-Wevelgem (4)

Driedaagse de Panne (5)


Ronde van het Mergelland (6)

GP Miguel Indurain (5)

Ronde van Vlaanderen (2)

Rund um Koln (5)

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe (6)

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (3)

Scheldeprijs (5) (4)

Paris-Roubaix (2)

Presidential Tour of Turkey (6)

Klasika Primavera (5)

Paris-Camembert (6)

Brabantse Pijl (5) (4)

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (5)

Tour du Finistere (6)

Amstel Gold Race (4)

Tro Bro Leon (6)

Giro del Trentino (6)

La Fleche Wallonne (4)

Liege-Bastogne-Liege (2)

Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja (6)

Giro dell’Appennino (6)

Subida al Naranco (6)

Tour de Romandie (3)


Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt (5) (6)

Giro della Toscana (6) [moved??]

Trophee des Grimpeurs (6)

4 Jours de Dunkerque (5)

Giro d’Italia (1)

Tour de Picardie (6)

Tour of California (5)

Berlin Velothon (6)

Tour de Rijke (6)

Tour de Belgique (6) (5)

Bayern Rundfahrt (6)


Tour de Luxembourg (6)

GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen (6)

Philly International Championship (6)

Criterium du Dauphine Libere (3)

Delta Tour Zeeland (6)

Tour de Suisse (3)

Ster Elektrotoer (5)

Halle-Ingooigem (6)

Nats (*)


Tour de France (1)

Osterreich Rundfahrt (5)

Clasica San Sebastian (4)


Tour of Poland (5) (3)

Post Danmark Rundt (6) (5)

Vuelta a Burgos (6)

GP Citta di Camaiore (6)

Sparkassen Giro Bochum (6)

Vattenfalls Cyclassics (4)

Dutch Food Valley Classic (6)

Tre Valle Varesine (6)

Tour du Limousin (6) (5)

Tour de BeNeLux (5) (3)

Coppa Bernocchi (6)

GP Ouest France-Plouay (4)

Tour du Poitou (6)

Vuelta a Espana (1)

Quiznos pro challenge (6)

Tour of Utah (6)

Tour de l'Ain (6)


Giro Della Romagna (6)

GP Jef Scherens (6)

Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen (6)

Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (4)

Paris-Brussels (6)

Giro del Lazio (6)

Kampionschap van Vlaanderen (6)

Tour of Britain (6) (5)

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (4)

GP de Wallonie (6)

Memorial Cimurri (6)

Grand Prix d’Isbergues (6)

Tour de Vendee (6)

Giro della Toscana (6) [new date]

WC ITT (2)

Circuit Franco-Belge (6)


WC RR (2)

Munsterland Giro (6)

Coppa Sabatini (5)

Paris-Bourges (6)

Giro dell’Emilia (4)


Giro del Piemonte (6)

Giro di Lombardia (2)