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Old 01-30-13, 11:17
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Stage 4: Vipiteno-Sterzing - Martell-Val Martello, 188km





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Passo Pennes-Penserjoch (HC) 14,5km @ 8,7%
Passo della Mendola-Mendelpass (cat.1) 14,8km @ 6,5%
Passo Palade (cat.1) 13,0km @ 4,1%
Martell-Val Martello (cat.1) 16,1km @ 6,6%

My Giro del Trentino finishes with its only MTF, though the stage is, at least in theory, easier than yesterday's thanks to the soft run in to the final climb. But from this side it's not easy to find a really tough run-in to Val Martello, and I needed to complete the biathlon fixation route! To compensate for the fact that we are likely to see the whole showdown on the final climb, I have decided to add brutality to the early stage. This includes using one of Italy's toughest well-known climbs straight from the word go, the brutal Passo Pennes. This will ensure a strong and tough breakaway and also that the riders will hopefully be tired enough by the time they get to the base of Val Martello to ensure fireworks, especially after yesterday's difficult stage. After this we have 50km of downhill (which the riders will surely appreciate) into Bozen/Bolzano. Then it's two more climbs, the tougher side of Passo della Mendola, a particularly well-known climb, and the easier, gradual side of Passo Palade, parallel to yesterday's tougher climb of Castrin, before the descent into Merano.

Then, after 30km of valley roads, the final climb, after Antholz and Ridnaun, to yet another biathlon centre, in the Val Martello. This isn't quite at the summit of the climb, but at the small plateau just after the 16km mark of this profile. This gives us almost all of the tougher sections without the flattening out around the lake before the final ramps. There will no doubt have been gaps created on the previous three stages, so hopefully there will be people with enough time to gain here to make things exciting from the bottom of the final climb.

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Old 02-16-13, 21:41
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Another Tour De France...



Basic facts:

The Grand Depart is in Brest.
The route consists of a prologue (11.4 km) and 20 stages.
All of the race is within the borders of France
There is three ITTs: a short, a long and hilly and a long and flat.
There is a grand total of eight uphill/mtfs.
The is three mountain stages that end at the finish of a descent.
Seven of the stages are flat(ish).
The two rest days are in Perpignan and Lyon.
The Tour ends on the Champs-Elysťe.
The total distance is ~3,400 km.
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Old 02-16-13, 21:54
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Stage 1 (Saturday): Brest-Brest, 11.4 km (ITT)

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A short rolling ITT starting and finishing in Brest (counter-clockwise). The route isn't very technical and with relatively few bends despise being a 'point-A-to-A' timetrial.
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Old 02-17-13, 01:26
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Tour of Oman this year was really good. Great parcours. Bit of everything.

Heard that Merckx "owns" the race, whatever that means. If he had a hand in setting the parcours, he deserves a lot of credit.
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Tour of Oman this year was really good. Great parcours. Bit of everything.

Heard that Merckx "owns" the race, whatever that means. If he had a hand in setting the parcours, he deserves a lot of credit.
I agree. I also think that it is a good thing for minor races to have loops, so the spectators can see the riders multiple times.
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Old 02-17-13, 11:07
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Stage 2 (Sunday): Brest - Vannes, 197 km

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km 108: cat 4 (1.6 @ 5.6 %)
km 127: cat 4 (1.2 @ 6.0 %)

Short description:
The first road race stage will take us from the Grand Depart of Brest to the city Vannes. It's a simple flat stage for the sprinters, with two small hills so that we can award the polka dot jersey.
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Old 02-17-13, 15:42
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Stage 3 (Monday): Nantes - La Rochelle, 164 km

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A dead flat stage with the chance of a little exposure to the wind in the final half.
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Stage 4 (Tuesday): AngoulÍme - Tulle, 178 km

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km 178, cat 3 (2.3 @ 6.4 %)

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After two days in a row for the sprinters, today's stage will be an uphill sprint.
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After two days in a row for the sprinters, today's stage will be an uphill sprint.
Last finish here was won by a "pure"sprinter too.
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Old 02-17-13, 16:46
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Last finish here was won by a "pure"sprinter too.
I didn't watch cycling back then, but was the finish on the hill or in the city? The time gaps indicate a hill finish though I can't understand how he could have won then.
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