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Too early to say it is a real failure, but I will agree that the today and yesterday were ill-conceived stages. Mountain stages should favor mountian goats. If not finishing on top, then at least have the finish close enough where the first riders over the top can benefit. Personally, I like the Briancon style finish in a mountain stage - after cresting Galibier or Izoard finish with a nasty 1.5km 10% sprint - like we regularly see in the Giro.Alpe d'Huez said:MellowVelo and I have been complaining about this route for weeks, months. It turned out worse than we expected.
dimspace said:i will say one thing in defence of this years stages, routing, finishes
Thoughtforfood said:Look at the Giro, it was exciting from start to finish and they had a far harder course. This is a weak tour.
Luz Ardiden climb:ad9898 said:Yeh I agree the Giro had the harder first two weeks for sure, but that third week is going to be very hard, everyday has something to offer with the best saved until last. Although like someone has already said, today could have finished at Hautacam or Luz Ardiden.
Escarabajo said:Luz Ardiden climb: