UCI Cycling World Tour Continues

Paris-Nice Is Up For Grabs

The UCI World Tour continues. The Union Cycliste International (UCI) World Tour brings together the world’s greatest cyclists to compete in the world’s legendary road races. The 18 UCI pro teams selected according to ethical, financial, administration, but above all sporting criteria will participate in the 2011 calendar events spanning over 10 countries. The most notable races include Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, but others like Paris-Roubaix, Tour de Flandres and Tour Down Under are favorites of many cycling enthusiasts.

The peloton of the Tour de France
Peloton pushing the limits

The UCI started its season with the Tour Down Under in Australia on January 18-23. Racers journeyed over to France this week for the second event, Paris-Nice. This 8 stage tour began March 6 in Houdan and will finish Sunday, March 13 in Nice.  After riding almost 1000 km, Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) leads the GC with Andreas Kloden (Team RadioShack) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky ProCycling) staying close to his wheel. The next two stages will be difficult with many challenging climbs. The tour win is still in reach for many of the top competitors.

Could this be a sign of what to expect in the Tour de France this July? Although Andy Schleck is not competing in this race, other possible TDF winners, like brother Frank Schleck, are looking strong and performing well as we near the most anticipated cycling event of the year. While you’re waiting for July don’t miss another exciting race in May, the Giro d’Italia.

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