TDF 2010 Pyrenées

Mar 11, 2009
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TDF 2010 Pyrenées

Route officially announced on 14 October.

http://www.velopeloton.com

No evidence but some strong rumours here.
Stage finish on Col d’Aubisque on 21st July after crossing Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet and Soulor. Tour crossed same mountains on 21st July 1910.
The week will look something like this.
17 July: Rodez - Carcassonne
18 July: Carcassonne - Plateau de Beille
19 July: Foix- Bagnéres de Luchon-SuperBagnéres
20 July: Rest day
21 July: Bagnéres de Luchon - Col de Aubisque.
22 July: Pau - La Pierre St Martin
23 July: Pau - Bordeaux
24 July: Bordeaux ITT
25 July: Paris
That's 4 mountain top finishes in the Pyrenees.
Others still talking about Luz Ardiden and Col du Spandells and Argeles-Gazost.
A lot of hotel bookings for 20, 21 ,22 in and around Pau.
 
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the col d'Aubisque is long (if you include soulor) but it is pretty weak in terms of gradient. the soulor ends with a few steep kms but that is still 10ks left to the summit of Aubisque which is mainly between 1-3% with a few tougher sections at 6-7%. Would be a decent group coming in together I'd say.
 
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Big Ring said:
Route officially announced on 14 October.

http://www.velopeloton.com

No evidence but some strong rumours here.
Stage finish on Col d’Aubisque on 21st July after crossing Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet and Soulor. Tour crossed same mountains on 21st July 1910.
The week will look something like this.
17 July: Rodez - Carcassonne
18 July: Carcassonne - Plateau de Beille
19 July: Foix- Bagnéres de Luchon-SuperBagnéres
20 July: Rest day
21 July: Bagnéres de Luchon - Col de Aubisque.
22 July: Pau - La Pierre St Martin
23 July: Pau - Bordeaux
24 July: Bordeaux ITT
25 July: Paris
That's 4 mountain top finishes in the Pyrenees.
Others still talking about Luz Ardiden and Col du Spandells and Argeles-Gazost.
A lot of hotel bookings for 20, 21 ,22 in and around Pau.

Thanks for the info. Please keep us posted as you hear more.

4 weeks until the official announcement
 
Mar 18, 2009
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ASO did say a while ago that starting from 2009 one of the mountain ranges at a time would be neutered. They also stated 2010 it would be the turn of the Alps to be neutered and the Pyrenees to "be" the mountains of the edition.
 
issoisso said:
ASO did say a while ago that starting from 2009 one of the mountain ranges at a time would be neutered. They also stated 2010 it would be the turn of the Alps to be neutered and the Pyrenees to "be" the mountains of the edition.

Jeebus! The route will suck again. Let's hope the new men at the top learned something from the disaster that was this year's course.
 
issoisso said:
ASO did say a while ago that starting from 2009 one of the mountain ranges at a time would be neutered. They also stated 2010 it would be the turn of the Alps to be neutered and the Pyrenees to "be" the mountains of the edition.

Christ, it's gonna be another great Tour then :rolleyes:
 
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luckyboy said:
Christ, it's gonna be another great Tour then :rolleyes:

It's by far one of the most boring races of the calendar every single year. You should know by now that if you want excitement you watch other races :)
 
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issoisso said:
It's by far one of the most boring races of the calendar every single year. You should know by now that if you want excitement you watch other races :)

Yeah - like my trusty, always entertaining, home-made VHS tape of the 1989 TDF with LeMond & Fignon. Hard to beat. :D
 
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wheels55 said:
Yeah - like my trusty, always entertaining, home-made VHS tape of the 1989 TDF with LeMond & Fignon. Hard to beat. :D

The fact you had to go back 20 years proves my point :)
 
I remember the last american who won in SuperBagnéres. Here I have the prove:

Lemond and Hampsten in the lower slopes:
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Lemond dropped everybody:
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First Victory for the American:
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Here is the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je1v0E_e7QQ
 
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I don't see the 4 mountaintop finishes.

Col de La Pierre de St. Martin, Aubisque, Superbagnéres and....? Where's the other one?
 
Mar 18, 2009
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laurentiu46 said:
How about Plateau de Beille?;) Arguably the hardest of all 4.

Actually it's an easier climb than very very hard Superbagnéres, the St. Martin and the Aubisque, but thanks for pointing it out.

I just assumed the list on the first post was the same as being published in various sites so I read it diagonally. It isn't the same, it has one difference. The list I've seen named a stage into Luchon that day (which isn't atop a mountain)

Thanks for calling my attention to it. Would've missed it otherwise :)
 
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No problem.:)
Anyway,i understood they'll climb the Soulor before Aubisque,that's the easier side.
I just checked the Superbagneres,it's not as hard as one might think.
But imo,15,8 km at 7,9% make the Plateau de Beille a hard one.

Even if it looks exciting,having 4 mountaintop finishes in a row in the Pyrenees is kinda much,isn't it? They also say something about a stage finish atop la Toussuire in the Alps,Morzine-Avoriaz is rumoured too.
I mean,this year we only had 3 mtf...
 
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issoisso said:
It's by far one of the most boring races of the calendar every single year. You should know by now that if you want excitement you watch other races :)

So I assume you don't watch the tour then? at all? ever?
 
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laurentiu46 said:
No problem.:)
Anyway,i understood they'll climb the Soulor before Aubisque,that's the easier side.
I just checked the Superbagneres,it's not as hard as one might think.
But imo,15,8 km at 7,9% make the Plateau de Beille a hard one.

Even if it looks exciting,having 4 mountaintop finishes in a row in the Pyrenees is kinda much,isn't it? They also say something about a stage finish atop la Toussuire in the Alps,Morzine-Avoriaz is rumoured too.
I mean,this year we only had 3 mtf...
Just want to remind every body that the original post is just rumors and not gospel, which is a closely guarded secret.
 
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I know,but i read on some french forums the rumours surrounding the 2010 course and it's pretty sure,based on newspaper articles and hotel reservations,even if there won't be 4 mtf,the Pyrenees will be far more interesting and harder than they were this year.;)
 
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laurentiu46 said:
I know,but i read on some french forums the rumours surrounding the 2010 course and it's pretty sure,based on newspaper articles and hotel reservations,even if there won't be 4 mtf,the Pyrenees will be far more interesting and harder than they were this year.;)

Yeah, the ASO has been saying that it will for a while, so the confirmation is from the horse's mouth :)
 
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Big Ring said:
Not 4 MTF but 2, is the latest http://www.velopeloton.com/blog.htm

A time trial on the Tourmalet? Mad!

it might go to la Mongie. it would be a bloody long and hard tt. maybe the orgainsers are learning from their mistakes his year on the course and are building a course based around many exciting stages and not just one stage at the end. I hope they make a course which has a lot of ITT km's as then it will make it a bit harder for AC to win but he'll still be hard to beat.
 
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Mellow Velo said:
As usual, the final course will not match any of the speculative routes.
4MTFs in the Pyrenees was always a non-starter.
That will probably be the total.
2003 had a tough time there, but the was only 2 MTFs and a multi-col romp.
There will be at least 1 MTF in the Alps.
This, usually more accurate than most site, suggests two, with the return of an old favourite:
http://paris.thover.com/story.php?ID=190&l=en&t=Tour+de+France+2010:+first+rumours+about+the+stages

Actually, the speculation is usually pretty dead on. By this point last year we already knew pretty much everything except if the original TT was team or individual and whether the Ventoux stage was a TT or a road stage.