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Tour de France shifts dates, Harelbeke joins WorldTour

The UCI WorldTour will see a mid-summer shift around the London Olympics in 2012. The UCI released its race calendars for the coming year on Tuesday and events affected include the Tours de France and Poland. The Tour de France will run a week earlier than usual, June 30-July 22.

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The UCI WorldTour will see a mid-summer shift around the London Olympics in 2012. The UCI released its race calendars for the coming year on Tuesday and events affected include the Tours de France and Poland.

The Tour de France will run a week earlier than usual, June 30-July 22. The London Games open July 27, with road cycling events beginning on July 28 with the men’s road race.

The Tour of Poland moves forward from early August to July 10-17, with the post-Tour Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian moving back to August 14 from its usual place on the weekend following the Tour de France.

The WorldTour will open January 17 in Australia with the Tour Down Under.

The only new event on the calendar is the semi-classic E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, March 23. The move creates a two-week run of cobbled WorldTour classics that includes Harelbeke, Ghent-Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

2012 World Tour Calendar
17.01.2012 22.01.2012 Tour Down Under AUS
04.03.2012 11.03.2012 Paris – Nice FRA
07.03.2012 13.03.2012 Tirreno-Adriatico ITA
17.03.2012 17.03.2012 Milano-Sanremo ITA
19.03.2012 25.03.2012 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya ESP
23.03.2012 23.03.2012 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke BEL
25.03.2012 25.03.2012 Gent – Wevelgem BEL
01.04.2012 01.04.2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres BEL
02.04.2012 07.04.2012 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco ESP
08.04.2012 08.04.2012 Paris – Roubaix FRA
15.04.2012 15.04.2012 Amstel Gold Race NED
18.04.2012 18.04.2012 La Flèche Wallonne BEL
22.04.2012 22.04.2012 Liège – Bastogne – Liège BEL
24.04.2012 29.04.2012 Tour de Romandie SUI
05.05.2012 27.05.2012 Giro d’Italia ITA
03.06.2012 10.06.2012 Critérium du Dauphiné FRA
09.06.2012 17.06.2012 Tour de Suisse SUI
30.06.2012 22.07.2012 Tour de France FRA
10.07.2012 16.07.2012 Tour de Pologne POL
06.08.2012 12.08.2012 Eneco Tour —
14.08.2012 14.08.2012 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian ESP
18.08.2012 09.09.2012 Vuelta a España ESP
19.08.2012 19.08.2012 Vattenfall Cyclassics GER  
26.08.2012 26.08.2012 GP Ouest France – Plouay FRA
07.09.2012 07.09.2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec CAN
09.09.2012 09.09.2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal CAN
10.10.2012 14.10.2012 Tour of Beijing CHN
20.10.2012 20.10.2012 Il Lombardia ITA