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Old 12-18-12, 17:02
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Liege? You serious? That's the crappiest city in continental Europe bar Charleroi (and yes I've been in both).
So let's stop going to Roubaix then
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Old 12-18-12, 18:03
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On the tops of moors in the winter yes, but so can anywhere, there's lots of great and beautiful places in Yorkshire, especially the Dales.

Leeds is has a nice city centre with an abundance in listed buildings and York is one of the most interesting historic cities in England.

The tour gets Alpine climbs and the plains every year, this is a bit different and will provide more interesting racing than the likes of Belgium.
lolwut? you do realize belgium has been providing some of the best racing in the history of cycling for over 100 years don't you?
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Old 12-18-12, 18:07
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lolwut? you do realize belgium has been providing some of the best racing in the history of cycling for over 100 years don't you?
Obviously. But its nice to have something different for a change.
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Old 12-18-12, 18:10
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the tour doesn't need to go to great britain to have hilly stages, they could very well get that change in france using areas of france they vastly ignore. but ofc goo'ol ASO went for the money.
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Old 12-18-12, 18:20
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Obviously. But its nice to have something different for a change.
Yeah, as if ASO ever uses the most interesting terrain in Belgium... Would have loved to see a mini-Ronde van Vlaanderen in the Tour next year... To celebrate the centenary edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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Old 12-18-12, 18:34
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Yeah, as if ASO ever uses the most interesting terrain in Belgium... Would have loved to see a mini-Ronde van Vlaanderen in the Tour next year... To celebrate the centenary edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Yea, they could do the Muur and the Bosberg and end in Ninove and not serve up the crappy circuits route that the Ronde is doing to celebrate its own centenary.
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Old 12-18-12, 18:35
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Yeah, as if ASO ever uses the most interesting terrain in Belgium... Would have loved to see a mini-Ronde van Vlaanderen in the Tour next year... To celebrate the centenary edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
indeed.

my dream first few days of the tour are:

1st stage- middle lenght itt in Paris to create gaps
2nd stage- stage over the arenberg, mons-en-pévèle and the carrefour de l'arbe + some other sections finishing at the velodrome.
3rd stage- flat stage to lick the wounds
4th stage- mini ronde over the koppenberg, molenberg, muur and bosberg plus some other cobbled and non cobbled hills
5th stage- hilly long stage over lá redoute, roche aux faucons, st. nicolas and the uphill finish in liege.

a true anthem to the classics

with the itt and the proper roubaix cobbles on the first 2 days the favorites would have to be going for it already at the mini ronde stage and the liege stage.
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Old 12-20-12, 05:34
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This decision is totally stupid, but not surprising as cycling is doing everything it can at the moment to shoot itself in head. It is the Tour de France, lets keep it in in France or the areas very close to the borders. There are plenty of ways of making a good route in France although the organizers fail to do so most years.
I have nothing against Yorkshire or Britain but the Tour de France does not belong there.
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This decision is totally stupid, but not surprising as cycling is doing everything it can at the moment to shoot itself in head. It is the Tour de France, lets keep it in in France or the areas very close to the borders. There are plenty of ways of making a good route in France although the organizers fail to do so most years.
I have nothing against Yorkshire or Britain but the Tour de France does not belong there.
agree in principle, but TdF is mostly about business and therefore ASO need to capitalize the cycling movement in England.

Should Kenya suddenly boast 10M cycling fans ready to watch the TdF on the tv, ASO would probably consider organizing the Grand Depart in Nairobi.
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Old 12-20-12, 09:00
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Great news that the tour is once again coming to GB, can't wait to be standing on the moors of Yorkshires watching the worlds best fly by! Hopefully we will be shouting for another British defending champion then too :-)
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