Not to forget the finish in Mende with the Cote de la Croix-Neuve in the last 5km that could create some small but significant time gaps as well. Last seen in the 2005 Tour which resulted in a very good stage.
I think you mean TTT.pmcg76 said:Thankfully no TT but some of the mountain stages are neutralised, the stage to Pau is a tough route but too much distance between final climb and finish. What a waste.
issoisso said:You can't possibly be serious. Sure, the Tour tends to be one of the most boring races around, but there are so many exciting races after Liége.
Mellow Velo said:Cobbles?
Where someone will push Bertie to the deck and he gets Mayo'd, by you know who.
Avoriaz in, but Floyd's graveyard out, in favour of the very favoured St jean du Maurienne. They must be getting bored with the Tour, by now.
Much ado about the Tourmalet, or nothing.
A desperately dull route, once more.
Complacency rules the ASO.
sadfitty said:Should be a good route for Andy S. Some big climbs, few km's of TTing and a strong team+capable DS to take him through the first week.
issoisso said:After carefully considering the route, I've come to the following conclusion:
7 months till the Giro starts, 10 days till the route is presented
Ferminal said:Wouldn't this stage be a beast if you just chopped 50kms off it?
Bala Verde said:Someone forgot to tell Schleck that it was a rather formal event, not a gathering at a local bike club for a beer. Being severely underdressed, Armstrong and Contador couldn't resist poking fun at him.
Bala Verde said:People were having fun!
Someone forgot to tell Schleck that it was a rather formal event, not a gathering at a local bike club for a beer. Being severely underdressed, Armstrong and Contador couldn't resist poking fun at him.
Having the cobbles is like having a TTT. The same weak teams that usually loose time in the TTT are the ones that loose time in the cobbles. Of course I am from Colombia so I am bias about it. Same thing goes for the spanish climbers.issoisso said:Stage 3 [/b]: Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut. 4 easy pavé sections totalling 13.3kms. Past experience shows us this tends to cause crashes and kill the GC excitement because people lose time for no reason that later renders them completely out of the GC.