Hey, you're answering more questions than have been asked! Good point though on the calendar though, not sure they should be shorter just more spaced out, the race that is not the riders.I think reforming them and some parts of the race calendar and the way teams are financed is overdue.
This pretty much sums up my view, though I can see a lot of "purist" (read: snob) cycling fans being up in arms about the idea of reducing the Giro. The geraniums.The alternative maybe is to make the TdF the 'World Cup' of GTs while the two supporting major stage races, were two week editions of the Giro and Vuelta.
Let's get something straight - three GTs in a season is likely to knacker a rider for months, it's simply too much. Ignoring the few GC riders, it's all the rest of the teams as well.This pretty much sums up my view, though I can see a lot of "purist" (read: snob) cycling fans being up in arms about the idea of reducing the Giro. The geraniums.
Whatever lies ahead for the sport, there does need to be a major rethink of the calendar. I kind of agree with Tinkov that it's a shame that we don't get to see all the main contenders taking each other on - tennis wouldn't stand for it if Murray, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic started picking and choosing which grand slams they turned up for. Fewer, shorter GTs with a more varied parcours (ie not favouring climbers or TT specialists so much) would make for more exciting racing and a more exciting season overall. It's already been to the benefit of the sport that the GT organisers have in recent seasons stopped trying to outdo themselves every year with more and tougher climbs etc. Reducing the Vuelta to two weeks would be a positive move for all sorts of reasons.
I'm also very much in favour of the UCI's proposal to alter the calendar so no two WT events overlap.