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Old 07-24-11, 18:48
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Default Tour 2012: Route Rumours / Our wishes

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As usual, Prudhomme didn’t reveal any secrets about the route of the 2012 Tour de France, which is due to start from Liège in Belgium, although he did note that “it will be an edition of surprises.” The launch is scheduled for October 18 in Paris. After two editions celebrating the centenary of the race’s entry into the high mountains (2010 in the Pyrenees and 2011 in the Alps), and with the one hundredth edition of the Grande Boucle to follow in 2013, the 2012 Tour is rumoured to be built around climbs of medium difficulty.
Jean-François Pecheux confirmed today that there will be a mountain time trial. It looks like there will be visits to Switzerland and Spain, maybe Italy as well.

What route do you wish for 2012? Any rumours you want to share or come true?

Grand Départ

Early leak of route


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Old 07-24-11, 18:52
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Cobbles, Multiple long TTs and some early mountains. Plus a blanket ban of Liggett and Sherwin
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Old 07-24-11, 19:00
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Mont du Chat or Errozate, or both. Maybe Grand Colombier too.

A proper French Basque climbing stage.

No Tourmalet.

A mountain stage or an ITT of reasonable length before stage 12.

Some GC relevant stages in the first two weeks - I quite like the idea of the Grand Tours being 3 week races, rather than single week events.

A good climbing stage and a long ITT in Alpes-Maritimes and the Provence area - many great climbs around there never used because it's too difficult in March with Paris-Nice, but they are busy using overused climbs elsewhere in July.

A transition stage to Lyon with a finish at the Basilique on the Colline de Fourvières. just over a kilometre at about 10%.

An early Ardennes stage that doesn't get neutralised.

If we're going to wait an age for the first Alpine or Pyrenean stages like this year, a really good, challenging stage in the Vosges mountains to break things up.
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two itts,one of 40 km.the other one of 55 km flat
harder route,mountains to come a lot earlier than stage 13.at least 7 hard mountains stages,this year were just 4.

it will be a joke if le tour will be decided on climbs of medium difficulty,i've heard that too.it seems pla d'adet will be on the queen stage damn this will be another failure route by aso.they never learn.thanks god for il giro
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More Alpe D'Huez please!! Maybe THAT'S the Mountain TT!

And a prologue, some cobblestones, a tough first week stage in the Jura or the Vosges, and one stage like the Agnel-Izoard-Galibier stage this year!

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Old 07-24-11, 19:06
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Is there a possibility for a Tour of Flanders-like stage?
I think there will be 2 time trials. Probably one hilly/mountain one, and one flat one. Not going to be so many brutal mountain stages, and probably a lot of medium mountain/hilly stages that are relevant to the GC.
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Old 07-24-11, 19:13
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Prologue
1 lumpy ITT ~35 km
1 flat ITT ~ 50 km
6 sprinter's stages
4 MTF, one should be a massive stage, with 3 + huge cols (5,000 m of climbing)
1 big mountain stage with a technical downhill
5 intermediate stages (good chances for escapes), 2 of which ending with a short steep climb
1 flat stage with cobbles (Arenberg)

That would be a well balanced course IMHO.
It's always the riders who make the race though. If they were to race next year like they did in the last week here...
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More Alpe D'Huez please!!
More loonies? Only if they put gendarmes every ten yards.... Alpe D'Huez is overrated and riders can't even attack because of the throngs.

No thanks.
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Id love to see mountain TT introduced again and some steeper hills on the route than usual
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More Alpe D'Huez please!! Maybe THAT'S the Mountain TT!

And a prologue, some cobblestones, a tough first week stage in the Jura or the Vosges, and one stage like the Agnel-Izoard-Galibier stage this year!
They did the Alpe d'Huez ITT once and decided never again.

Otherwise, cobbles, Ardennes, a windy stage at the coast, two ITTs, stages with small climbs in the end (+descents).
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