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Old 11-24-11, 15:50
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Didn't they move Criterium International to Corsica as a trial run for an eventual TdF start? In which case we already know the first three stages
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Old 11-24-11, 16:06
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Yeah, it would be great to include Col de la Madeleine La Chambre D 213 as the final climb at least. As far as I know that side was never used though.
in 1997 they climbed it from la chambre i'm sure.nutter stage with glandon-madeleine-courchevel.short but sharp.festina killed the race 120 km out
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Old 11-24-11, 16:32
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Yeah, it would be great to include Col de la Madeleine La Chambre D 213 as the final climb at least. As far as I know that side was never used though.
here is a link, it has been used a few times

http://www.comitesavoieffc.com/madel...istoirecol.pdf

the last ones from La Chambre were 2004, 2002, 2000
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Old 11-24-11, 16:50
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Question is will they do the same ole 6 cities of 1903 bit again or actually try and think of something new and memorable.
Didn't I hear that they are trying to visit all French regions?

So it might be:

Corsica –> Provence –> Languedoc-Roussillon –> Midi-Pyrenees –> Aquitaine –> Limousin –> Poitou-Charentes –> Loire/Bretagne –> Normandy, Picardy/Nord –> Ardennes –> Alsace/Lorraine –> Franche Comté –> Rhone-Alpes –> Auvergne –> Centre –> Ile de France

Logistically, that would be a pain in the bollix to fit in without big transfers.
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Old 11-24-11, 16:59
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Didn't they move Criterium International to Corsica as a trial run for an eventual TdF start? In which case we already know the first three stages
There are some rumours for the first three stages.

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Du col de Vizzavona aux Calanche de Piana

- Étape 1 (146 km) : Porto-Vecchio-Bastia. Parcours pratiquement plat taillé pour les routiers sprinters le long de la côte orientale.

- Étape 2 (147 km) : Bastia-Ajaccio. La RN 193, avec la ville de Corte à mi-parcours, mais aussi et surtout le col de Vizzavona classé en 2e catégorie.

- Étape 3 (155 km) : Ajaccio-Calvi. Le long de la côte occidentale, cette fois, sur un parcours sélectif dont les principales difficultés seront les cols de San Bastianu, San Martinu et Marsulinu. La traversée des Calanche de Piana constituera incontestablement le point d'orgue de l'étape.
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Old 11-24-11, 17:13
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Hmm, so it's flat first stage then Vizzavona with 50 to go the next day and then Marsolinu the main difficulty on stage 3 with 20 to go (nice scenery on that stage).
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Old 11-24-11, 17:19
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Velonews blah re 1st 3 days 2013 - http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/10...n-Corsica.aspx
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No stage in Corsica is not complete without the Porto-Vecchio to make the racing interesting, but odds on that not happening?

What are you talking about? Porto Vecchio is a coastal town in southern Corsica. What is "the Porto-Vecchio"??
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Don't forget Aspin, guys.Maybe they'll find a way to make that an MTF, like they've done with Galibier and Tourmalet recently. And then they'll do it twice, cos that's totally not played out.
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Hmm, so it's flat first stage then Vizzavona with 50 to go the next day and then Marsolinu the main difficulty on stage 3 with 20 to go (nice scenery on that stage).
Yep, not a single stage is selective enough for the GC contenders. When you know what Corsica has to offer that just doesn't compute.

The third stage is not too bad, though. Marsolinu is no wall, but pretty steep from both sides, though only 3rd category, of course.
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