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17 Jan 2013 14:29

So will this tour have less or more tt than the pathetic 50k in 2011.
The Hitch: Winner 2013 Vuelta cq game. Winner, Velorooms prediction game 2012, 2013. 2nd all time cq rankings.
The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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17 Jan 2013 14:36

One other encouraging thing is that they are expected to have a cobbled race once they hit the continent. Something like Calais to Tournai/Lille/Roubaix with some of the P-R cobbles being used.

So at least two good stages look assured...
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17 Jan 2013 14:49

Catwhoorg wrote:Cambridge down to London, looks like a straight shot.

Going to be almost pan flat, no matter the details of the route. There isn't much they can do about it.


Don't know what your definition of pan flat is, but as someone who grew up just to the North of Epping Forest, my teenage self can assure you there are most definitely some hills around! That said they're not going to cause any pro-cyclists too much bother!

But I'm not that interested in the profile, more a map of the route - I want to see how close the race will pass to my Dad's house!
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17 Jan 2013 15:11

Could some one bike route toast the first stage for a profile please; forum use is the most I care to try to get away with at work.

Many thanks!
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17 Jan 2013 17:42

Surprise Surprise. The ASO have managed not to miss the hills of Yorkshire:)

The 2nd stage profile looks indicates a selective sprint.

Too tough for the guys like Cav & Greipel but ideal for the likes of Sagan and Matthews.
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17 Jan 2013 22:38

Not bad routes. Buttertubs pass on Stage 1.
Oxenhope, Crag Vale AND Holme Moss on Stage 2.
Brill.
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17 Jan 2013 23:09

Would be nice if they could loop round to Harworth before the Sheffield finish.
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17 Jan 2013 23:23

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18 Jan 2013 08:30

Bavarianrider wrote:Seriously, why the heck is the Tour starting in one of Europe's most waterdown trashyards?


I don't even know what that expression means and have been English since I was born here 67 years ago. Others seemed to understand it.

Translate please? :)
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18 Jan 2013 20:22

RownhamHill wrote:Don't know what your definition of pan flat is, but as someone who grew up just to the North of Epping Forest, my teenage self can assure you there are most definitely some hills around! That said they're not going to cause any pro-cyclists too much bother!

But I'm not that interested in the profile, more a map of the route - I want to see how close the race will pass to my Dad's house!


http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/docs/TDF_2014_ET03.pdf

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Looks like Cavendish will get his win on The Mall this time. :)
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19 Jan 2013 00:03

I asume that the exact route from Cambridge to Epping is not resolved (hence the dotted line where there is no road)
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19 Jan 2013 02:42

InterestedSpectator wrote:I don't even know what that expression means and have been English since I was born here 67 years ago. Others seemed to understand it.
Translate please? :)

As a native speaker for long enough to have accumulated white hair, I'm just as baffled by what "waterdown trashyards" might be.
American or Euro-glish?
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19 Jan 2013 02:53

zalacain wrote:Would be nice if they could loop round to Harworth before the Sheffield finish.


Harworth was home to Tom Simpson at one point.
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19 Jan 2013 12:20

barmaher wrote:One other encouraging thing is that they are expected to have a cobbled race once they hit the continent. Something like Calais to Tournai/Lille/Roubaix with some of the P-R cobbles being used.

So at least two good stages look assured...


Would be good. I still think a short TTT near Calais is most likely stage 4 but cobbles could come afterwards.
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19 Jan 2013 14:29

Andy99 wrote:You coming across to see it? Very easy with the ferry into Hull from Rotterdam.. :)


They should close the ferry terminal for people coming to see the cycling out of spite given that they ignored East Yorkshire altogether, haha.
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19 Jan 2013 17:18

Ok, for you lovely people unfamiliar with the area, here's a high speed zip along the roads of Calderdale which feature in Stage 2.
At 3.40 is the start of the Cragg Vale section....not steep but about 7 miles of continuous climb.

http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/lifestyle/lifestyle-leisure-and-features/video-tour-de-france-2014-travel-the-calderdale-leg-in-10-minutes-1-5333528

Enjoy.
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A map

20 Jan 2013 09:55

ImageGraphic: Giulio Frigieri
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02 Jul 2013 09:55

Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and wanted to post a couple of links that give more detailed insight into stages 1 and 2 of next years tour.

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-and-finish-of-stage-1-of-the-2014-tour-de-france/

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-of-stage-2-of-the-2014-tour-de-france-part-1/

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-of-stage-2-of-the-2014-tour-de-france-part-2/

Looks like stage 2 is going to be insane!
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02 Jul 2013 10:17

Mkind07 wrote:Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and wanted to post a couple of links that give more detailed insight into stages 1 and 2 of next years tour.

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-and-finish-of-stage-1-of-the-2014-tour-de-france/

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-of-stage-2-of-the-2014-tour-de-france-part-1/

http://blog.veloviewer.com/the-climbs-of-stage-2-of-the-2014-tour-de-france-part-2/

Looks like stage 2 is going to be insane!

That does look like one of the best efforts aso have made in a long time.
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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02 Jul 2013 10:24

Trust Yorkshire to act against the British national interest.

Dirty so and sos.
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