Racing is about to re-start. The Vuelta a Burgos gets underway next Tuesday and the first major stage race on the calendar in more than four months features a high quality field, including Nairo Quintana, Remco Evenepoel, Richard Carapaz and the Yates brothers, Simon and Adam.

Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore look ahead to Burgos and pick out one thing each that fascinates them about the resumption of racing.

For Daniel, it’s whether Quintana can maintain the form that he showed early in 2020, when he appeared re-born with his new team, Arkéa-Samsic. For Richard, it’s the Ineos intrigue with Chris Froome and Egan Bernal potentially in the same Tour de France team. And for Lionel it’s the fact that almost an entire season is crammed into a little more than three months – how will it all work and what patterns might emerge?

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Ride London

Richard was due to do Ride London in aid of their charity of the year, Pancreatic Cancer UK, having lost his mum to pancreatic cancer in 2005. With the event cancelled, this charity has lost a major source of funding. An alternative event, MyRideLondon (https://myridelondon.co.uk), aims to get as many people as possible riding on the same weekend, 15 and 16 August, and raising money for a charity of their choice. Richard will be trying to ride 100 miles in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. To support him, and PCUK you can do so here.

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