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Tour de France 2019

28 Dec 2017 10:05

On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the Tour will start with a road stage through Flanders and Wallonia. The next day there will be a team time trial in Brussels. The plans will be explained in more detail on 16 January. (Het Nieuwsblad)
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Re: Tour de France 2019

28 Dec 2017 12:17

Tim Booth wrote:On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the Tour will start with a road stage through Flanders and Wallonia. The next day there will be a team time trial in Brussels. The plans will be explained in more detail on 16 January. (Het Nieuwsblad)


What would the odds be of sprint stages in Flanders and Wallonia?
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28 Dec 2017 13:37

Is it too early to say I dislike the 2019 route? (Jeez, can we get past the 2018 race first!)
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28 Dec 2017 14:34

Lots of possibilities in that region - Get it right and you immediately put pressure on GC riders - Like the trend of the last two years.
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28 Dec 2017 14:39

Robert5091 wrote:Is it too early to say I dislike the 2019 route? (Jeez, can we get past the 2018 race first!)

It's never too early for that :p
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28 Dec 2017 15:26

I cant see anything bad about a cobbled/hilly stage + a TTT, at least something will happen and small gaps will open. Its surely better than sprinter stages, no? I mean, the ASO can't really win... Im on board with everything that isn't just flat, flat and Kittel early on.
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28 Dec 2017 19:41

Valv.Piti wrote:I cant see anything bad about a cobbled/hilly stage + a TTT, at least something will happen and small gaps will open. Its surely better than sprinter stages, no? I mean, the ASO can't really win... Im on board with everything that isn't just flat, flat and Kittel early on.

You're on board with a finish in Liege and Valverde early on :p
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31 Dec 2017 00:09

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31 Dec 2017 07:28

Why can't we have a finish on top of the Mur de Huy? That sounds good to me. Flanders type stage, TTT, then stage 3 on top of the Mur de Huy with a Fleche Wallone type stage?

I'm with Valv.Piti, anything with hills and maybe some cobbles and not a flat sprinters stage.
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31 Dec 2017 07:31

I'd like to see anything but a boring flat stage. Some cobbles, TTT and hilly finish in Ardennes would be cool.
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31 Dec 2017 11:06

Imagine the Tour would start with a real stage. 220 kilometers through Flanders with a finish in Geraardsbergen or Oudenaarde.

Of course it will be a flat stage. It's Le Tour...
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31 Dec 2017 16:48

For me the wet dream is prologue in Bruxelles, hilly stage from Liege to Huy or Namur using 7/10 Ardennes hills, Flanders stage to Gerardsbergen or Ninove (i'm not a fan of Oudenaarde finish and Oude Kwaremont/Paterberg combo) with at least five cobbled climbs and a final loop with the Muur and then cobbles stage to Aremberg (with the forest as finale not like 2014) but longer than this year one in the first four days.

The reality will probably be a TTT, two flat stages of 210/220 kms and maybe one stage with some hills or cobbles.
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31 Dec 2017 17:55

Anything but the TTT.

I'd like to see some cobbled hills (like Flanders) instead of the flat cobbles or Ardennes-like opening stages.
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01 Jan 2018 09:58

There are plenty of hilly cobbled sectors between Wavre and Waterloo (mainly around Lasne and Ohain). This is however just barely in Wallonne. As for Flanders, if you don't want the region of Oudenaarde, then i think there are at least two north of Leuven and 1 near Genk. There are also like 3-4 east of Brugge (i think at least once used by loca Tour of Belgium, or maybe it was another local race). There is a thread with some of the more forgotten Belgian cobbles.
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15 Jan 2018 19:09

The Grand Depart will be presented tomorrow. It will likely feature :

Bruxelles - Bruxelles, 192km with Muur van Geraardsbergen on the road (I do hope there's more on the menu)
Bruxelles - Bruxelles TTT, 50km

Source (nl) : https://sportnieuws.nl/wielrennen/etappe-1-tour-2019-gaat-muur-geraardsbergen/
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15 Jan 2018 19:34

Alexandre B. wrote:The Grand Depart will be presented tomorrow. It will likely feature :

Bruxelles - Bruxelles, 192km with Muur van Geraardsbergen on the road (I do hope there's more on the menu)
Bruxelles - Bruxelles TTT, 50km

Source (nl) : https://sportnieuws.nl/wielrennen/etappe-1-tour-2019-gaat-muur-geraardsbergen/

That looks tastyyyyyyyy
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15 Jan 2018 19:38

jens_attacks will be happy with the length of that TTT.
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15 Jan 2018 19:43

Valv.Piti wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:The Grand Depart will be presented tomorrow. It will likely feature :

Bruxelles - Bruxelles, 192km with Muur van Geraardsbergen on the road (I do hope there's more on the menu)
Bruxelles - Bruxelles TTT, 50km

Source (nl) : https://sportnieuws.nl/wielrennen/etappe-1-tour-2019-gaat-muur-geraardsbergen/

That looks tastyyyyyyyy

Stage 1 will likely be a joke, though (Muur van Geraardsbergen reduced to a mere early KOM).
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15 Jan 2018 19:53

Also the TTT could be only 28km according to this article (fr): http://www.lesoir.be/134154/article/2018-01-15/tour-de-france-2019-un-contre-la-montre-et-une-arrivee-bruxelles

Sorry for involuntarily hyping some of you :p
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16 Jan 2018 06:23

Until then, the ttt will probably 12 km max...
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