Giro, Ghent-Wevelgem and the MTB World Championships, the cycling events of the week

The first week of the Italian round, the start of the Flanders Classics and the big MTB event are the main races this week on the international cycling calendar.


October kicks off with a great week for cycling fans. The Giro d'Italia begins its first decisive phase with the arrival of the high mountains, the classicists are already looking forward to the start of the classics on cobblestones in Flanders and the MTB world faces its big date this week with the World Cups in Leogang (Austria) .

Giro d'Italia (3-25 October)

The Corsa Rosa faces its first week and it does so with the arrival of the high mountains this Monday with the final climb to Mount Etna (Monday 5). After an a priori day for sprinters on the way to Villafranca Tirrena (Tuesday 6), another demanding day will come on the way to Camigliatello Silano with the previous climb to Valico di Monteoscuro (Wednesday 7) before three new occasions for sprinters in Matera (Thursday 8) , Brindisi (Friday 9) and Vieste (Saturday 10) before another great day in the mountains on the way to the top of Roccaraso (Sunday 11). Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Vincenzo Nibali, Steven Kruijswijk and Simon Yates will be some of the men to follow in the fight for the general classification, while in the sprints Fernando Gaviria, Peter Sagan or Arnaud Démare, among others, are expected to stand out.

Ghent-Wevelgem (11 October)

The Flanders Classics will begin with the Ghent-Wevelgem and its 254 kilometers of route with the passage through heights such as Baneberg, Monteberg or Kemmelberg, as they appear in the initial route (the organization has not confirmed if the tour will be maintained because of the health situation in Belgium) and where Mathieu Van der Poel, Alexander Kristoff, John Degenkolb, Oliver Naesen, Pascal Ackermann, Niki Terpstra, Stefan Küng or Wout Van Aert are expected to be among others. That same day the women's Ghent-Wevelgem will also be held, a 145.4-kilometer route with the presence of Floortje Mackaij, Ellen Van Dijk and Kirsten Wild, among others.

Volta a Portugal (September 27 - October 5)

The 82nd edition of the Volta a Portugal is decided this Monday with an individual time trial of 17.7 kilometers through the streets of Lisbon that will crown the champion of the Portuguese round.

Other races

Male and female Brabant arrow (7 October) 444 444

National Championships of Brazil (6-9 October)

Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race - Slovak GP (10 October)

The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup Tour of Thailand (October 6-11)

56º Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (8-11 October)

Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race - GP Czech Republic (October 11)

Paris-Tours (11 October)

Paris-Tours Espoirs (11 October)


Madison Swiss Championship (October 10)

Irish Sprint, Chase & Keirin Championships (10 Oct)

European Track Junior and U23 Championships in Fiorenzuola d'Arda (Italy, 8-13 October)


UCI MTB World Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz (October 5-11): The Austrian town of Leogang hosts this week the big event of the year on the MTB calendar. Nino Schurter in the men's category and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in the women's category will try to revalidate their titles while Spain will try to shine in the championships with Carlos Coloma, David Valero, Pablo Rodríguez, Sergio Mantecón and Rocío del Alba García.

UCI MTB Marathon Series Capoliveri Legend's Cup Eleven (10 October)

XCM Italian National Championships (10 October)

Marmotini Erciyes Stage Race (8-11 October)

XCM South African National Championships (Oct 11)

City Mountainbike XCC (Oct 11)

National Championships of Portugal XCM (October 11)

UCI MTB World Cup Eliminator - City Mountainbike (October 11)


CX Täby Park (October 10)

Internationales Radquer Steinmaur (October 11)

Stockholm Cyclocross (11 Oct)

Swedish Cyclocross Trophy (11 October)

Telenet Superprestige - Gieten (11 October)

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