I'm more interested in Pailheres and a finish in Ax-Les-Thermes tbh. Throw in Col de Jau beforehand, and you have a HC descent finish in the Pyrenees that is not Port de Bales.Which sucked. if you're not using Pailheres because Ax3, then youre doing something wrong!
Ofc, might even sound better because ASO almost exclusively use that climb with Ax3 just to get some variation. My point just was that they used that run-in 2001 which was super whack compared to Pailheres, even if its completely flat up until Pailheres.
Would love to see Tignes Via Col de l'iseran like 2019,but this time they actually finish the stage. We were genuinely denied a legendary stage..I liked the route of the tour in 2022 and 2023, but there's always room to improve somethings.
I would like to see more mountains with altitude close to the finish line. I would love to see the comeback of climbs like iseran and cime de la bonette. The altitude is a lot underrated, it can make a lot of damage. A finish on val d isere after col d iseran would be nice, or a finish in jausiers after cime de la bonette.
I would prefer a finish on val d isere than finish in tignes, because the climb of tignes is not that difficult. It's better for long range attacks a finish after the descent than tignes, because the fact that of being a long but easy climb, it can lose the will for the riders to attack by far.
I was about to say, this looks like the Col de la Schlucht of the Pyrenees. Brilliant consistency.Man, that would be an absolutely perfect climb for me (and most sunday warriors). Never seen such a consistent 4-5% climb in my life, looks like heaven.
Col de Jau west (19km @ 5,7%) and Coll de la Llose east (24km @ 5,1%) before Pailhères would be a good stage in the eastern Pyrenees (Coll de la Llose is a tough cat.1 as that includes some descent, not far off HC but I think not steep enough to merit it unless it was about 5km longer), or you could have Col de Jau east (23km @ 5%), Col de Dent from Axat (13km @ just over 6%), then Col des Moulis (8km @ 5,6% so a cat.2) and descending about 8km at a low gradient to Usson for Pailhères.
I doubt we'll see Iseran, but Bonette should be a possibility given the finish in Nice and the location of the penultimate stage. Maybe Bonette on stage 19?I would like to see more mountains with altitude close to the finish line. I would love to see the comeback of climbs like iseran and cime de la bonette. The altitude is a lot underrated, it can make a lot of damage. A finish on val d isere after col d iseran would be nice, or a finish in jausiers after cime de la bonette.
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If you are right about this and we add the rumour about the Plateau de Beille finish and the already published Couillole finish on stage 20, it would have been a pretty average route too much focus on a last big MTF.I have some hope for Mont Ventoux during stage 17 or 18
If you are right about this and we add the rumour about the Plateau de Beille finish and the already published Couillole finish on stage 20, it would have been a pretty average route too much focus on a last big MTF.
Imagine that stage with one more climb. Very good as is IMO with the constant ups and downs though. Its impressive to be able to cram so much altitude gain in just 130 km.
They could do this on a stage to Plateau de Beille as shown in the profile below. A start in Bagneres de Luchon is fairly plausible, and this would be a monster mountain stage in terms of number of height meters. But I neither think it will happen (a profile more like in 2015 is much more probable), nor do I hope it will happen. It would both make it much less possible with aggressive cycling in a possible mountain stage the day before, and I think it would be a bit futile to make a Beille MTF one of the toughest stages in terms of number of height meters. That should rather be "saved" for other mountain stages.I hope that at least one of the Pyrenean stages is going to be really hard, around 5000 meters of elevation maybe the rumoured Plateau de Beille one of maybe another one including Aubisque, Hautacam, Spandelles.