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16 Jan 2018 06:34

Valverde will be 39 in that Tour, you can not stop age, there will be others and better to win Huy or Liege or other Vallone finishes
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16 Jan 2018 10:42

Garbage route, sadly.
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16 Jan 2018 10:54

Why the f*ck is the aso deliberately making garbage routes every single year. Just ride that road stage in the other direction ffs :mad:
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16 Jan 2018 11:03

Of all possible things, they never fail to do the worst possible stages.

These are two stages that could take place everywhere in France too. Merckx is the greatest classics rider of all time, Flanders is known for its classics...we want to honor them...what could we possibly do? A parade stage for Marcel Kittel!!
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16 Jan 2018 11:07

Does that switchback by the corner of the park on the larger scale TTT map indicate a steep rise away from the river? Is the end of stage 1 the same, such that it is for puncheurs rather than boulevard sprinters?
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16 Jan 2018 11:16

Armchair cyclist wrote:Does that switchback by the corner of the park on the larger scale TTT map indicate a steep rise away from the river? Is the end of stage 1 the same, such that it is for puncheurs rather than boulevard sprinters?

It's a long false flat to the finish.
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16 Jan 2018 11:24

Max Rockatansky wrote:
Of all possible things, they never fail to do the worst possible stages.

These are two stages that could take place everywhere in France too. Merckx is the greatest classics rider of all time, Flanders is known for its classics...we want to honor them...what could we possibly do? A parade stage for Marcel Kittel!!

All true. And the worst part: They are wasting a weekend with this crap.
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16 Jan 2018 11:24

Man, even if they're doing the road stage this way around, they could have made a tricky finale, but it looks like the final 40km will just have a few false flat drags and finish a little bit uphill. It's difficult to judge just from the map, but it looks like they will finish a little bit uphill as well. I mean, it's a decent enough sprint stage with rolling terrain and a little ~5% bump before the finish, but really disappointing given the possible terrain and a waste of the Muur.

I mean, wtf ASO, a sprint stage a Liège, hyping with the Muur and then only this. If they just done a decent sprint stage in Brussels with some rolling terrain, I wouldn't have complained, but it's like they are purposefully disappointing cycling fans.....
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16 Jan 2018 12:11

I wish TTTs in GTs would've died out in the same time period as the dinosaurs.

If everybody could blow as much at their job as the Tour route designers, the world would be going to crap in no time
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16 Jan 2018 12:18

Even a 2-year old can design better stages than this. ASO are an utter joke, time to make cycling the sport of the people again.
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16 Jan 2018 14:46

Yeah remember the "forgotten cobbled roads in Belgium" or something thread? The area which IIRC proved most conducive to finding cobbled roads is the area of Walloon Brabant which stage 1 is going through........

I mean, making the Muur a focal point for a stage finishing in Brussels was always going to be difficult (at least for the ASO), but making a proper classics stage finishing in Brussels isn't difficult at all. South and Southeast of Brussels is full of punchy little climbs and cobbled roads.
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16 Jan 2018 16:32

Last year's stage to Liege was ridiculous, but this is even stranger. Why on earth do you only want to go to the Muur and back without having other (cobbled) climbs in the parcours??

How long is that TTT? couldn't find any profiles yet.
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16 Jan 2018 16:33

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Our profiles of first two stages of @LeTour 2019, presented today.
Bruxelles - Bruxelles with the pair Muur-Bosberg and another cobble sector
Bruxelles TTT from Palais Royal to Atomium
#TDF2019
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16 Jan 2018 16:33

Vesica wrote:Last year's stage to Liege was ridiculous, but this is even stranger. Why on earth do you only want to go to the Muur and back without having other (cobbled) climbs in the parcours??

How long is that TTT? couldn't find any profiles yet.

28km.
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16 Jan 2018 16:38

Thanks!
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16 Jan 2018 16:44

Personally I think last year in Liege was worse considering just how many flat stages that Tour consisted of and just how many hills they avoided, but this is super lame as well. Its the first stage so that also makes it a bit more understandable.

I don't have any problem with the TTT. TTT > sprint stage any day of the week.And its a nice length as well, although I must admit it would have been interesting had it been longer.
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16 Jan 2018 17:48

First two or three stages of the Giro/TDFare nearly always for sprinters or include a TT - Nothing to read here.
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16 Jan 2018 18:05

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17 Jan 2018 00:09

Heard the 2021 Tour de France will start with a parade up Beverly Hills. Riders then tackle the sterrato leading to the Hollywood sign where they'll be met by Elon Musk in a fully electric apache helicopter for a group photo, before boarding the space x rocket to Mars for the second stage.

It's still not known if the route goes through France.
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