Including cat. 2s in the metric definitely contributes to diluting routes, as they usually have little impact on the difficulty. If they need a cap, setting it at 20, or preferably 25, cat. 1/HC climbs would be better. This route will have 16-19 depending on what Croix, Mégève and Anzican will be, unless there's another in the Mende, Mégève or PBF stage we don't know of, so 20 is on the low side anyway.30 is plenty. Just need to pack them into less mountain stages, which are LONGER in distance.
The problem is that the gravel ramp is so steep that it discourages attacks further down the climb, unlike the 2012-14-17 finish which only ended in a sprint up the final ramp once, and even then it was a much more reduced sprint than in 2019. Regular PBF serves its purpose, although there are enough similar climbs the Tour can realistically use that it really shouldn't feature so often. Don't mind that finish in and of itself at all though, unlike Super-PBF.Probably an unpopular opinion: Tbh, I don’t really see the big fuss about SPBDF.
I understand that it’s not creative to use the same climb again and again, but the climb itself doesn’t deserve the hate it gets.
- as a first climb it’s pretty okay in my opinion
- it will give some differences between the GC guys, and it will punish those not ready for the climbing
- the final ramp is also quite exciting because we as spectators don’t really know what to expect, like Alaphilippes attack and then him dying 50 meters from the line in 2019 was good TV.
Both those. And having both that Alpe d'Huez stage and that Peyragudes stage in the same version. Especially the latter. There is absolutely none mountain stages designed for action before on the last climb. And most stages only for action on the very last few kms on the last climb.Use of the mountains and have to use them is unavoidable, but the ITT on Stage 20 and SPBDF!Completely avoidable.
Nah, I think there is a compromise between fixing and paving Col de Parpaillon and using PDBD, Alpe and Peyragudes yet again! I doubt it would ruin ASO if they changed one or two stage finishes and changed the route for one or two more using the same stage start and finish.But in all seriousness, I suppose much of the routes is not about people not having any imagination but about road closures, logistics, contracts, money.
It doesn't explain:But in all seriousness, I suppose much of the routes is not about people not having any imagination but about road closures, logistics, contracts, money.