Gigs_98 wrote:why don't you use some more cobble sections? I love the idea of a finish near the touree d arenberg but the fact that there is only one section also means that the rest of the stage will be very boring. I think a handful cobble section before arenberg would really make this stage more interesting.
The reason is that, the last time cobbles were used in the Tour there were more sections earlier in the stage and there were a lot of complaints that it was too risky and it was possible to lose too much time if one had, say, a mechanical on a section early in the stage. So while it would definitely make the stage more interesting if there were more cobble sections (and obviously if this were a one-day race or short stage race I'd have done it), I opted for the safer approach and limit the time gaps by making the part after the section very short. In the end, I hope my tour will be decided by something other than mechanical problems and falls on cobbles.