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Tour de France Tour de France 2024 route rumours and announcements

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Mmmm.... doubt it, even more so if there will be 2 stages in Cantal. In that case we would have:
Stages 1-3 in Italy
Stage 4 light Alpine stage
Stages 5-7 towards Burgundy, stage 5 may be another Alpine stage
Stages 8-9 in Burgundy
Presumably some stages going south or Southwest
Middle of the 2nd week in Cantal
Maybe 1 transitional stage
3rd weekend in the Pyrenees
1 or 2 transitional stages towards the Alps
2 Alpine stages
If we had 1 transitional stage to the Alps, we will have another before the final weekend, if not those 2 Alpine stages will be followed by the already known stages 20 and 21.
What rumours about Burgundy are there? Because you definitely don't need 3 stages to go from the alps to Burgundy?
 
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This route is going to look so strange lol
It's basically going to be something like this:
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What rumours about Burgundy are there? Because you definitely don't need 3 stages to go from the alps to Burgundy?
No, more like 1. :)
There are rumours about 4 days in the département Côte d'Or, similar to the 4 days in the département Puy de Dome this year (1 finish, a rest day, a full stage and a start). One of those days is rumoured to be a tt.
 
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No, more like 1. :)
There are rumours about 4 days in the département Côte d'Or, similar to the 4 days in the département Puy de Dome this year (1 finish, a rest day, a full stage and a start). One of those days is rumoured to be a tt.
That's such a weird place for what would supposedly be the days surrounding the 2nd weekend. I really don't see them not going either further north or further west in the first week. I definitely wouldn't rule out the Vosges in week one based on this.
 
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It's basically going to be something like this:
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No, more like 1. :)
There are rumours about 4 days in the département Côte d'Or, similar to the 4 days in the département Puy de Dome this year (1 finish, a rest day, a full stage and a start). One of those days is rumoured to be a tt.
Since they’d have to do a fair bit of zig-zagging if they are going to be in Côte d’Or on the rest day (and they’re not going further north), they could do something like this:

5 - Medium Mountain or hilly breakaway stage
6 - Sprint
7 - Jura stage
8 - Transition/Sprint finishing in Côte d’Or
9 - TT
Rest Day
10 - Stage headed west
 
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To be fair the 2012 stage to Porrentruy was a fantastically designed stage. Abit, one of the only good stage designs that year lol.

That 2012 route would produce AMAZING racing today.

It was the sky train that ruined that. We now have riders that would quickly derail any sky train.

Rog, Vingegaard, Pog and Remco would just power away from any train of doms, then spend the final 2 hours attacking each other
 
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That 2012 route would produce AMAZING racing today.

It was the sky train that ruined that. We now have riders that would quickly derail any sky train.

Rog, Vingegaard, Pog and Remco would just power away from any train of doms, then spend the final 2 hours attacking each other
No. 2012 route was one of the worst routes ever. You are just a fanboy of remco @houtdffan . You love 2012 route because you think remco would have more chances to win the tour with a route like that 😂
 
Rog, Vingegaard, Pog and Remco would just power away from any train of doms, then spend the final 2 hours attacking each other

…but Remco will be last man in that train.

;) :cool:

Vingo and Pog would drop everyone, only to have G pilot the Little Bastard for a few more kms at the steady pace they both prefer. Remco would then launch late and hold the gap at a reasonable amount. A return to a decent amount of ITT and you have the recipe for a three-pronged battle for yellow.

I can dream…
 
…but Remco will be last man in that train.

;) :cool:

Vingo and Pog would drop everyone, only to have G pilot the Little Bastard for a few more kms at the steady pace they both prefer. Remco would then launch late and hold the gap at a reasonable amount. A return to a decent amount of ITT and you have the recipe for a three-pronged battle for yellow.

I can dream…

If Remco is on Ineos, it will be Ineos-Quikstep presented by Soudal
 
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eriously though, I really wish the Tour would use this part of the Jura more often. I know most of the really good climbs there are in Switzerland, but they are really just over the border.
Should really rather been used in TdS once. Instead of just doing mono climb stages in Valais or that loop of climbs (Grimsel, Susten, Furka, Gotthard) around Andermatt.

I would actually like a not too big a number of GC stages, but rather more of these hille and medium mountain stages suited for breakways. The breakway stages this year were pretty great. Something like this for GC relevant stages would suffice.

Stage 2: Bologna finish via San Luca
Stage 4: Medium mountain stage with cat 1 MTF (Les Deux Alpers or Valloire)
Stage 5-8: Either a ITT or a HTF.
Stage 9: Puy Mary MTF
Stage 10-13: Either a ITT or a HTF
Stage 14 and 15: High mountain stages Pyrenees including Plateau de Beille MTF
Stage 17: Super-Dévoluy MTF via Noyer
Stage 18: Big Mercantour mountain, either descent finish or Auron MTF.
Stage 20: Coulioule MTF
Stage 21: ITT in Nice

This would be 10-11 GC relevant stages including 2 ITTs. 4 high mountain stages, 3 medium mountain stages with MTFs and a couple of hilly stages. IMO this would be enough to get a proper GC battle.

Stage 1 is already announced as a hilly stage and stage 3 as a flat. They should probably have a couple of sprinter's stages in stage 5-8, at least one in 10-12 and perhaps in stage 16. Stage 13 could be a good stage for a hilly breakway stage in the outskirts of the Pyrenees, like the Quillan stage in 2021. And something similar in stage 19 ending in one of the small towns close to Nice.
 
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The Mercantour rumours is what I fear. Instead of doing one BIG Mercantour mountain stage, they instead split it into two stages that is only fairly hard.

But on the other hand, if a Gap - Barcelonette rumour is correct, it could mean that they are paving Moutiere. Unless there is no Bonette on this stage and they are actually doing Allos, Champs and Cayolle.......

That could actully be better. Allos, Champs and Cayolle on stage 17; Vars, Bonette and Isola 2000 on stage 18 and Turini, Saint-Martin and Coulliole on stage 20. That actually means all the big Mercantour climbs in one Tour. It's not great, but at least good.
 
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A man can dream:
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Seriously though, I really wish the Tour would use this part of the Jura more often. I know most of the really good climbs there are in Switzerland, but they are really just over the border.
Balmberg from the north, descent into Solothurn and then finish on Weissenstein would be insane. If Weissenstein is to be used as a pass I guess they would need to repave the north side. I rode up there two years ago, wasn’t nice tarmac.
 
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