Yep.Is it confirmed the Grand Départ s not a short TT next year? Saw It mentioned somewhere here a couple weeks ago.
It is absolutely the money. It was introduced in 2012 and the ski station is promoting itself through cycling. Since then it has appeared almost every year in some form or another in the Tour, the women's Tour, the Route de France, the Tour d'Alsace. In fact this year, the Super-Planche is being used in all of the Tour, the Tour d'Alsace and the Tour Femmes in the space of three weeks. The latter two are taking place just two days apart, this Friday and Sunday.Why has the Belles Filles become so prominent in recent years? They pay the most money to ASO? It bloody well sucks and I don’t recall it being raced so many times in the 90’s and early/mid 2000’s. Recently it seems like a yearly stage finish.
Isn't it likely they could do a loop north after Grande Depart and then back south and enter the Pyrenees at the end of the first week?I somehow just can't imagine them just passing by the Pyrenees in the first week and returning to them again later in the race, especially since the last two Tours had the Pyrenees as the final mountain range. Therefore my personal guess is, some early high mountain stages probably around stage 5 or 6, but nothing too extreme. Then later an extended stay in the Alps, and hopefully some mountain stages in the massif central and the Jura. Also maybe we will finally have another Ventoux mtf after 10 years without a proper one.
2009? No way....
So now that I've written this, fully expect the Tour to completely ignore the Pyrenees in week 1 to return there for week 3.
Yes please, but I feel like they have to include it relatively late in the Tour. I suppose they'll never finish the third week with a massif central stage but maybe a stage 15? One can hope.And the Col de la Lusette is still there, still waiting to be raced in Le Tour.
Yes please again. Although, just because I think it makes for even better racing I'd love to see Bonbette - Lombarde - Sant Anna.I just want a good big stage in the high Maritime Alpes. Bonnette or Moutiere