Will the Tour of Champions usurp the Tour de France?

June 20, 2007

Of course not. But look at this for a minute. The Tour of Champions at season’s end in Dubai is a 3 day stage race with a winning purse of $1 million dollars. The field will be limited to six teams with three teams being the winners of the three Grand Tours.
Danilo Di Luca has decided that after winning the Giro, his focus is now on the Tour of Champions and it’s $1 million in cash. With a goal like that, I’m sure that will affect his race schedule.

Now, what about another rider? Will he look at the three Grand Tours and pick the one that carries the highest likelihood of entry into the Race of Champions? Also will place on the calendar also affect the decision. By that I mean, planning a peak for a Grand Tour with another peak in November? Money can make people do interesting things.