Rate the 2024 Tour de France Route

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Rate the 2024 Tour de France Route


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To sort out the stage 19 names - here from Mr Ring -

https://inrng.com/2023/11/tour-de-france-2024-route-notes/
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Stage 19: Col de la Bonette or Cime de la Bonette?
This is again a mountain pass vs nearby peak issue. The Col de la Bonette is the mountain pass that sits at 2,715m, only the Agnel and Iseran are higher in France. Cime in French means summit – like cima we see in the Giro – and here it relates to a nearby mountain peak. As you can see on the map above there’s the col and then just to the south of this, a small road that climbs to 2,802m as it rides around peak, this is the road we label the Cime de la Bonette but it’s not a pass. To avoid tripping up just call it La Bonette.
 
Just noticed that Cime de la Bonette from Jausiers offers 1500 vertical meters, 23 kms, 6.9% average.

Great numbers. I‘m a big fan of this climb, anyways, because for a long time, Cime de la Bonette/Col de Restefond with its 2802 mtrs above sea level, was considered the highest road pass of the Alps (maybe still is).

Often wonder why it‘s rarely part of the Tour de France. A really worthy „Souvenir Desgranges“ (highest race point)… :)
 
This evening I was once more thinking of the easy, imho disappointing course/profile of this year‘s TdF. Imho the easiest TdF of this current century.

Then I had the thought, maybe ASO created this route, with only few mountain stages, but lots, lots of flat stages, to enable Mark Cavendish to win his record-breaking 35th TdF stage…?

Your thoughts? Can this be (partly) possible?…
 
This evening I was once more thinking of the easy, imho disappointing course/profile of this year‘s TdF. Imho the easiest TdF of this current century.

Then I had the thought, maybe ASO created this route, with only few mountain stages, but lots, lots of flat stages, to enable Mark Cavendish to win his record-breaking 35th TdF stage…?

Your thoughts? Can this be (partly) possible?…
TdF 2012 was the most easiest of the century.

Tour 2024 have a decent amount of mountain stages but it's backloaded.
 
The fact that Roglic went to Bora, Red Bull is now sponsoring Bora, The merger between Jumbo V and Soudal QS didn't happened all made it a lot better. Otherwise it would have been very bad IMHO.
If Roglic had stayed at Visma and with Pogacar doing the Giro, it could have been very predictable. Now we have 3 teams going all in for the Tour plus Pogacar's double attempt. Once again it underlines the fact that there's the Tour and then everything else.