'We’re heading to a world where only the Tour de France matters. I don’t like that'

Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España organisers balk at Grand Tours cuts: Shortening races would ‘be a mistake’, they say

The peloton passes by a field of sunflowers in the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España organisers say it would be a mistake to reduce their races to two weeks and allow the Tour de France to remain the only Grand Tour on cycling’s calendar.

UCI President Davide Lappartient said recently that the Tour should remain at three weeks, or 23 days, while saying that the Giro and Vuelta could be reduced to no more than 17 days, or two weeks and a weekend.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.