75th Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) // 27th of April - 2nd of May 2021





Battle of the babes



A prologue and a 16k ITT to wrap things up. In between there might be some bumps.

No Roglic, no Pogacar, but a shitload of huge under 23 (mostly GC) talents at the start. Champoussin, Vansevenant, Van Wilder, Arensman, Brenner, Kooij, Tiberi, Skjelmose Jensen, Van Gils, Leemreize, Stewart, Romo, Bissegger, Hänninen...

Other notable contenders: Thomas, Kelderman, Sagan, Kuss, Porte, MAL, Woods, Gaviria, Küng, Kämna, Hirschi, Kruijswijk, Gilbert, Costa...



PROFILES
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Yeah, it smells like a Thomas-Porte 1-2.

Let's see how Lopez comes into the season. Movistar need him to be good as fast as possible.

Could be a good race for Van Wilder and Arensmann to test themselves as GC riders with the ITT mileage here.
 
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Would be nice to see Thomas win, he hasn't won since the tour in 18. He has a great chance, but bad luck and his teammate seem to be his major rivals, especially with the tt's.
Notice we have a MTF over 2000 metres ...hope the weather is good.
 
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Climbs

Stage 1
La Rasse (first 2.7k only)


Produit (4x)


Chamoson (4x)


Stage 2
Prêles


Chaumont (middle section between the junctions at 5.2k and 1.7k only)


Les Bugnenets


Mont-Crosin


Boinod (first 5.5k only)


Les Pontins


La Vue-des-Alpes (final 8k only)


Stage 3
Surpierre


Châbles (3x)


Les Granges (3x)


Stage 4
Chamoson (first 2.2k only)


Anzère


Lens


Suen


Thyon 2000


Stage 5
Chemin de Lorette (cobbled)
 
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I love La FlammeRouge for their route maker but they need to fix their method of calculating climbs. It's always messed up.
It's because Google elevation data isn't that good. In this case, the start of the climb is on a bridge that's, say, 20 meters above a gorge, but Google will give the elevation of the gorge instead of the elevation of the road. You can of course put in manual edits, but with the amount of routes the guys at LFR have to put in, in addition to running everything else related to the site, I can't blame them for not doing so.
 
It's lazy course course design to have 2 ITT's in a six stage race - It's set up for an Ineos rider.
They often have a Prologue and an ITT in the same stage race of Swiss soil, it's a bit of a tradition.
The Prologue is short with an uphill finish (1km at 6.5%) and the final ITT features 800m at 13.3% on cobbles and another hill before the final uphill drag, those aren't TT's for the specialists.
Better profiles:
https://www.la-flamme-rouge.eu/maps/viewtrack/424871
https://www.la-flamme-rouge.eu/maps/viewtrack/424914
 
It's because Google elevation data isn't that good. In this case, the start of the climb is on a bridge that's, say, 20 meters above a gorge, but Google will give the elevation of the gorge instead of the elevation of the road. You can of course put in manual edits, but with the amount of routes the guys at LFR have to put in, in addition to running everything else related to the site, I can't blame them for not doing so.
As far as I know, the people at Cronoescalada are using a more advanced GPX system for a realistic elevation profile.

Specialized mappers like Climbybike or Climbfinder combining their integrated climb encyclopedia with a route editor tool for users would definitely be the death blow to LFR.
 
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in general it looks like a great course to me, guaranteeing action every day. A hill in the prologue, cobbles in the ITT, steep little climbs, a world championships recon... unfortunately the MTF is too hard for it to have any significant GC influence, though.
 
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Vansevenant won't start the Tour de Romandie.

He will start Liège-Bastogne-Liège and will get some rest afterwards.

He's also on the DQS reserve list for the Giro but they hope they don't have to actually select him. He's back up for Cattaneo who is feeling slightly ill at the moment.
 

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