Tour of Spain: August 24 – September 15
The last three-week Grand Tour of the season: the Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain). This race has the reputation of being a kind of extra bonus at the end of the season, and tends be short of some of the really big names in professional cycling. In general, it’s a race riders enter if they’re making up for a bad season, or an injury earlier on in the season. Riding both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta is do-able for professionals. Indeed, the winner in 2018, Simon Yates, also did well in the Giro. Until it all went pear-shaped in the third week, that is…
Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec: September 13
There are two excellent one-day races in Canada towards the end of the season. These races are excellent for riders who can deal with a few hills, but also have a good sprint in their legs. This double bill is often used by riders who want to get in form for the UCI World Championships. The first of the pair is a race around Quebec, suited to names like Peter Sagan, Greg van Avermaet, Rigoberto Uran and Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews, who won in 2018.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal: September 15
Two days later, roughly the same group of riders land in the wonderful city of Montreal. The riders have to complete a local circuit a number of times, which includes around 4,500m of elevation gain. Again, it’s the sprinter that can climb that does best here. Having said that, the first ever edition was won by Dutchman Robert Gesink, who is not known for his sprint.