Final (mid?)-mountain stage on stage 20, then ending with an ITT.
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A long, hard mountain stage, followed by a copy + paste of the usual short, ultimate stage of Paris - Nice. It really isn't that hard. It was there for the taking and they blew it, in typical ASO fashion.I’m not happy about it, but at least the Nice area should be used on stage 20 if I interpret the ASO post correctly.
The last time a GT ended with a point-to-point stage as opposed to a TT or a circuit stage is... probably far longer ago than the last time the Tour finished with a TT, and a Quatre Chemins circuit would lap half the peloton. That leaves the point-to-point stage or the TT, and I'm skeptical on the city of Nice being open to the former regardless of what ASO wanted (which, tbf, might also have been the TT).A long, hard mountain stage, followed by a copy + paste of the usual short, ultimate stage of Paris - Nice. It really isn't that hard. It was there for the taking and they blew it, in typical ASO fashion.
Imagine the scenario:
A French rider - possibly Gaudu, or Martin - has yellow heading into the final stage, and then... loses it to an Anglo-guy by just a few seconds! It that happens, I think they might just about write it into official French law that the TdF must never end with an ITT.
Lol, Gaudu or Martin will never have the yellow jersey that late in the race....
Would much rather see a BIG mountain stage on stage 20, then a Paris-Nice similar stage on stage 21. No ITT.Final (mid?)-mountain stage on stage 20, then ending with an ITT.
It could be biiig mountain stage 19, PN 20 and decent length (2nd or 3rd) TT 21. I'd take that.Would much rather see a BIG mountain stage on stage 20, then a Paris-Nice similar stage on stage 21. No ITT.
But at least they should REALLY take advantage of this opportunity for a very big Mercantour mountain stage on stage 20. Including several of the high altitude passes there. Especially Bonette an Cayolle.
They were the only French GC riders I could think of. And of course they're both known for not exactly being Ganna on a TT bike, or even Pogacar.
(Yes, I know, I know. Gaudu and Martin obviously aren't Ganna or Pogacar on a TT bike, they're Gaudu and Martin!)
I really fear it will be a 100km meme stage that only works because it's in PN and gaps are tiny but when gaps are minutes at the end of the TdF it'll be ***.Nah, something like the final road stage of the 2015 edition of Paris Nice (or something even harder) and then a Col d'Eze MTT at the end. That was actually a fun race.