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A congested calendar ahead for cycling as the Vuelta a España is pencilled in for November

A congested calendar ahead for cycling as the Vuelta a España is pencilled in for November
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  • With the Tour de France now set to provisionally take place from 29 August, the Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta would take place practically back to back

With the Tour de France now set to provisionally take place from 29 August to 20 September, the rest of the cycling calendar has been turned on its head.

The postponement of the event, for the first time since the Second World War, will have a serious knock-on effect for the Vuelta a España. With the World Road Championships likely to be contested from 20 to 27 September and the Giro d'Italia from 2 to 25 October, the earliest La Vuelta can begin is early November (originally scheduled between 14 August and 6 September).

This scenario would seriously hamper the ambitions of Marbella rider Luis Ángel Maté, in his tenth year at Cofidis.

Maté had been intending to compete in the Vuelta and the Giro, but now this appears to be unlikely as the recovery time between the two would be too short. The 36-year-old is yet to compete in a Giro.