Clásica de San Sebastián: August 3
You’re right: this is the odd one out, as it is a one-day race. And the Clásica de San Sebastián often gets ignored or forgotten anyway. However, many riders enter it to carry their form through from the gruelling Tour de France, while others use it to prepare for the Vuelta a España. The race covers around 230km and includes a number of major climbs that usually dictate which type of rider wins.
Tour of Poland: August 3 – 9
The Tour of Poland is the first race in August 2019. This event often receives rather little attention, because the race takes place in the middle of the summer holidays and is jammed in between the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting preparatory race for the Vuelta. In recent years we’ve seen top-class riders such as Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates, Wout Poels, Wilco Kelderman, Sam Oomen and Thibaut Pinot battling it out in Poland. They then go on to shine in the Vuelta, so this race is a great test of form. The Tour of Poland has a lot of climbing and if you get the chance to follow it, it’s really worth watching.
BinckBank Tour: August 12 – 18
The BinckBank Tour used to be called the Eneco Tour and takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium. The race is ideal preparation for sprinters in getting the legs ready for the Vuelta à España. It also has a couple of hilly stages for climbers, passing through the rolling landscapes of Limburg and the Ardenne. The overall victory tends to go to someone who can climb a hill or two. Recent editions of the race have seen big names fight it out for glory, such as Tom Dumoulin, Philip Gilbert and Peter Sagan.