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25 Oct 2017 19:32

From Lasterketa Burua we have the original profiles of Perpignan-Luchon 1910, Luchon-Bayonne 1910, Chamonix-Grenoble 1911, Bayonne-Luchon 1913 and Nice-Grenoble 1919.

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26 Oct 2017 13:46

Nice find! I'm always surprised when seeing those old profiles. Apparently riders could ride 300km+ multi mountain stages in those days, but nowadays when roads, bikes, nutrition, training etc. have become much better, routes are only becoming easier. If anything, they should have become harder since those days in order to compensate for everything else getting easier. I'd really like to see that 326km Aubisque > Tourmalet > Aspin > Peyresourde > Luchon stage today. #Makecyclinganendurancesportagain
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26 Oct 2017 15:35

Nice find ! But is Gallica and not Lasterketa Burua who released online the old Auto Journal magazine, the "l'Equipe" ancestor, since 1900 ! And with have some mythical quotes from Henri Desgranges too !

BTW col de Valgelaye is the col d'Allos.
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26 Oct 2017 19:19

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Nice find! I'm always surprised when seeing those old profiles. Apparently riders could ride 300km+ multi mountain stages in those days, but nowadays when roads, bikes, nutrition, training etc. have become much better, routes are only becoming easier. If anything, they should have become harder since those days in order to compensate for everything else getting easier. I'd really like to see that 326km Aubisque > Tourmalet > Aspin > Peyresourde > Luchon stage today. #Makecyclinganendurancesportagain


Well, if you look at Wikipedia you'll see that there are there were only new stages every other day; riders just rode through the nights as well.
Unfortunately that doesn't really fit with modern viewers... also, I guess people have realised that sleep is kinda important.
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03 Nov 2017 14:30

ASO's finances -
http://inrng.com/2017/11/amaury-sport-accounts-finances/#more-32471
Much is made of ASO’s dominant position in the sport but how much money does the Parisian race owner make? Here’s a closer look at the finances of Amaury Sport Organisation.

The latest set of accounts show annual revenue for 2016 of €220 million and profits of €45.9 million.

As the documents show the Dauphiné’s annual budget is around two million Euros and it breaks even with a meagre profit: just €11,892 for 2016. Remember this is consistently one of the best stage races of the year attracting a stellar field and offering a sublime Alpine route but it’s no money spinner.
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05 Nov 2017 20:47

In 2 days the Giro del Trentino route will be unveiled in Milano (last year RCS started promoting the race, that's probably the reason for haiving the presentation there).
A few months ago I heard the rumour that they want to use the finishing circuit of the WC RR, or at least the climbs, in a stage.
They probably want to use the WC to get a few big names that usually ride Romandie, guys like Froome, Quintana, Porte and maybe Dumoulin.
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06 Nov 2017 15:34

Bjarne Vanacker, a west-flemish climbing talent, died today.
He finished 15th in the Picolo Giro di Lombardia this year.
He was found dead in his bed this morning, circumstances are still unknown.

https://www.hln.be/sport/wielrennen/beloftevolle-wielrenner-20-uit-west-vlaanderen-plots-overleden~a13b8da2/
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06 Nov 2017 19:59

It's just... heartbreaking!

Seriously, if I could have one wish - just one wish - for the 2018 season, it would be no tragedies. Just one year with nobody dying.
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07 Nov 2017 12:11

Ok, the route of the Giro del Trentino has been published:
1) Arco - Folgaria 134,6 km 2530 m of altitude gain ***
2) Lavarone - Fiemme / Alpe di Pampeago 145,5 km 2900 m of altitude gain****
3) Ora / Auer - Merano 138,3 km 2600 m of altitude gain **
4) Chiusa /Klausen - Lienz 134,3 km 2300 m of altitude gain***
5) Rattenberg - Innsbruck 161,6 km 2770 m of altitude gain***

The profiles:
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https://www.la-flamme-rouge.eu/maps/races/view/2018/66

They use the Innsbruck circuit, probably because they want to attract guys like Froome, Quintana and Porte who usually ride the Tour de Romandie when they ride the Tour.
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07 Nov 2017 12:35

Ffs, even Giro delle Valle d'Aosta had two stages with more than 170 km.

This trend is getting annoying. One short stage now and then is fine but a pro race with 3 stages below 140 km and 4 below 150km?
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07 Nov 2017 12:50

Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of short stages, but it's prep race for the Giro with nothing but mountains, I can understand why they went for short stages, even if it's a bit extreme.
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07 Nov 2017 13:54

The Alps is only a mountain race - Doubt you need 200+km stages.
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07 Nov 2017 15:16

Yeah the stages are a bit short but still I really like this route.
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10 Nov 2017 09:10

Scheldeprijs will now start in Terneuzen, Netherlands. Finish will stay in Schoten. I suppose they will go through Zeeland and enter Belgium to the north of Antwerp.

New course should increase the chance for echelons.
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17 Nov 2017 13:15

Armée de Terre stops. No more money from the ministry of defence.

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/62603/l-equipe-de-l-armee-de-terre-s-arrete
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19 Nov 2017 16:34

Next edition of Tour La Provence will feature a prologue on a Formula One circuit and a double ascent of Col de l'Espigoulier (11,3k at 5,2%)

Jeudi 8 février : Prologue sur le circuit Paul Ricard, 5,8km
Vendredi 9 février : 1e étape, Aubagne > Istres, 184km
Samedi 10 février : La Ciotat > Col de l’Espigoulier (Gemenos), 153km
Dimanche 11 février : Aix-en-Provence > Marseille, 167km
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Yesterday 13:53

Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont are no longer part of Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Instead of 200km, it's now 180km.

Trieu/Knokte and Kluisberg are back in.
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Yesterday 17:37

Breh wrote:Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont are no longer part of Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Instead of 200km, it's now 180km.

Trieu/Knokte and Kluisberg are back in.

I like that. Kwaremont and Paterberg are overused anyway.
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Yesterday 19:54

Breh wrote:Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont are no longer part of Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Instead of 200km, it's now 180km.

Trieu/Knokte and Kluisberg are back in.

Only 180km for a World Tour race?
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