Ugh. Looks grim so far.
The Galibier stage finish in Serre-Chevalier. It's a descent finish.MikeTichondrius said:Overall I like the route I suppose.Bit heavy on MTFs with PDBF, Rousses, Izoard, Peyragudes and Galibier (is it a summit finish though?). I hope Foix and Chambery are properly raced. That Biche, Colombier, Chat stage is...Whoa. But I wish we had a finish at Le Bourget.
ASO keeps going for new stuff along the classics. Good on them I say. We had too many years of the same stuff. Races like the Vuelta are much more flexible and better for it (at least they vary their muritos every now and then!).
I honestly thought that they'd give up on Quintana after this year, and do a more balanced 80's style route to give the likes of Dumoulin and Pinot a shout. Instead they've gift-wrapped another route with a bow on top for Quintana, although he'd prefer fewer flat stages. They have added some steeper finishes, which is important - it's one of the reasons the Vuelta is better at creating gaps (as well as the weaker teams). Riders, and especially domestiques, are in way too good shape these days. The steady 7% Alpine slogs can't hack it anymore, they're too easy to draft. But yeah the race is more boring with so little TT - there won't be the resulting gaps to force the pure climbers to go from further out.Maaaaaaaarten said:23km of TT is a travesty.
Normally I'm not a Froome fan at all, but hopefully Froome or somebody else with a good TT wins, so we at least get a worthy winner who would've also won on a real route.
|Thread starter||Similar threads||Forum||Replies||Date|
|Grand Prix de Denain 2022 (March 17)||Professional Road Racing||110|
|F||2021 - The best Grand Tour stages||Professional Road Racing||9|
|O||What is the perfect Grand Tour?||Professional Road Racing||126|
|O||Favorite climbs in Grand Tours||Professional Road Racing||117|
|Tour de France Tour de France 2021, Stage 8: Oyonnax – Le Grand-Bornand, 150.8 km||Professional Road Racing||1098|