The idea of reducing the Tour to two weeks has been around Brian Cookson’s head for a long time. When he was president of the UCI, he already considered it and now he recovers that idea to fit the big three, Giro, Tour and Vuelta, in the calendar. The former top leader of world cycling now proposes to match the three and leave them in two weeks to be able to dispute them before the end of the season.
Cookson proposes that none of the big three be disputed on their date. He is surprised that ASO, the organizing company of the Tour, plans to dispute the race on the scheduled dates, between June 27 and July 19 but without a meeting point at the starts or advertising caravan and minimizing contact with the audience.
But before the more than likely postponement of the Olympic Games, Cookson plans to use those dates, between July and August to play a two-week Tour. In Cookson’s head, the Giro, also in a reduced version, would occupy the usual dates of the Tour of Spain, in September, and the Vuelta should move until October.
Cookson also finds a place for spring classics, that would be disputed midweek even coinciding in dates with the big three. But I would save a place for Monuments (Milan-San Remo, Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liege and Giro de Lombardia) on weekends between the big three.