Cycling’s three biggest races to take place within 72-day span this fall

France's Julian Alaphilippe wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey crosses the finish line to win the thirteenth stage of the 2019 Tour de France. (Christophe Ena/AP)

The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.

The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.

The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix.

The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.

Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic.

The UCI says the dates "remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories."

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