FLORENCE, Italy (VN) - With 2018 around the corner, only a few uncertainties remain for next season's grand tours and their star competitors. Sky's Chris Froome decided his program will include both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. The rest are following as the winter days and team camps pass.
The Santos Tour Down Under starts the 2018 WorldTour season on January 16. Right before that, the Vuelta a España will unveil its route on January 13. And along the way, we will see the confirmation of schedules for riders like Mikel Landa (Movistar in 2018) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
Perhaps this is the greatest suspense of the off-season, with photographs circulating of riders already in their new team colors trickling out -- Marcel Kittel and Ian Boswell in Katusha's red -- and the grand tour routes reported days or weeks before the actual presentations. Giro director Mauro Vegni said last month, "By now, you all know everything because it seems that it's a race among the media outlets to publish the route in advance, be we still have something important to unveil with regards to the participants."
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