The Giro d’Italia: May 11 – June 2

The Giro d’Italia is the first major three-week bike race in 2019. In recent years this race has been enhanced by Tom Dumoulin, who won in 2017 and came second in 2018. The 2019 Giro route has a surprisingly high number of time trial kilometres. At the same time, there are a whole lot of tough mountains to climb. There’s a high chance of some serious racing fireworks, and of the battle for victory continuing until the bitter end.

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Tom Dumoulin in Giro pink. Credit: Cor Vos

Amgen Tour of California: May 12 – 18

The American state of California hosts its own Tour at the same time as the Giro d’Italia. At first glance, it’s not a very significant race, but in recent years more and more big names have entered this event. The first couple of stages are often flat, but there are also a number of serious climbs on the menu. As a result, victory usually goes to a climber. Recent editions have been won by Egan Bernal, George Bennet and Julian Alaphilippe.

Tour of California Team Sunweb

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