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Tour de France Tour de France 2024 route rumours and announcements

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The route might undergo some changes. Due to Macron (French president) wanting to have new elections early, the 2nd election day in France will be on the same day as the gravel stage in the TDF. Normally big sport events are re-scheduled for elections, but that's obviously not possible here.

At the moment there are no changes, but there might be. Although since this is in 4 weeks, I can't really see them changing much.
 
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The route might undergo some changes. Due to Macron (French president) wanting to have new elections early, the 2nd election day in France will be on the same day as the gravel stage in the TDF. Normally big sport events are re-scheduled for elections, but that's obviously not possible here.

At the moment there are no changes, but there might be. Although since this is in 4 weeks, I can't really see them changing much.
It would be nice not doing the gravel sections. It would minimize the chances of having crashes.
 
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The route might undergo some changes. Due to Macron (French president) wanting to have new elections early, the 2nd election day in France will be on the same day as the gravel stage in the TDF. Normally big sport events are re-scheduled for elections, but that's obviously not possible here.

At the moment there are no changes, but there might be. Although since this is in 4 weeks, I can't really see them changing much.
I think things will go ahead as planned, even if only because the optics of messing with the Tour for the election you instigated probably wouldn't sit well with large portions of France.
 
Every time I look at the Tour route, I can't believe how bad the middle 9 stages (5-13) of the race are. Good that the beginning is potentially interesting but then...boredom for half of the race (that gravel stage is more about avoiding punctures than real racing but maybe it'll have some drama).

If Macron declared all former winners of the Tour had to start the race with a 5 minute time penalty per Tour victory in the past... I'd go & canvas for his party immediately.

Macron! Macron! Macron!

I see what you did here! In the Giro Teddy missed 10 minutes advantage by 3 seconds, haha.
 
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Every time I look at the Tour route, I can't believe how bad the middle 9 stages (5-13) of the race are. Good that the beginning is potentially interesting but then...boredom for half of the race (that gravel stage is more about avoiding punctures than real racing but maybe it'll have some drama).



I see what you did here! In the Giro Teddy missed 10 minutes advantage by 3 seconds, haha.
There's the TT, gravel and Le Lioran. Those are not that bad stages. I agree with you on a few too many flat stages in that portion of the race, thats obvious to anyone.
 
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Every time I look at the Tour route, I can't believe how bad the middle 9 stages (5-13) of the race are. Good that the beginning is potentially interesting but then...boredom for half of the race (that gravel stage is more about avoiding punctures than real racing but maybe it'll have some drama).
I mean that basically how the Tour looked like before. Most parts of France are very flat and I think it makes sense to visit those as well. I think the ridiculousness of broadcasting all stages from start and the new generation with very short attention span forced a change.

Personally I like it to be a lot of sprint stages and breakawaystages combined with long decisive time trials and a few well designed mountain stages.
 
If Macron declared all former winners of the Tour had to start the race with a 5 minute time penalty per Tour victory in the past... I'd go & canvas for his party immediately.

Macron! Macron! Macron!

There is this dictatorship-on-time clause in the french constitution and he seems to be prone to wild ideas presented to him (probably on coke) at the moment, so go for it, pitch the idea! I mean the guys who supposedly sold him to burn his power base for the lolz to "take back controll" called themselves the four musketeers unironically. So just choose a name almost from French folklore, take some cocaine with you, and you should be fine.

Oh and while you are at it: I'd like decent time trials back and actual long hard mountain stages. Thanks.
 
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the only stage that bothers me is putting this crap on a saturday
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the TT should've been stage 8 instead of 7.
 
I mean that basically how the Tour looked like before. Most parts of France are very flat and I think it makes sense to visit those as well. I think the ridiculousness of broadcasting all stages from start and the new generation with very short attention span forced a change.

Personally I like it to be a lot of sprint stages and breakawaystages combined with long decisive time trials and a few well designed mountain stages.
I liked the route of last year's Tour. I like how the mountain stages were distributed.

I liked the first two mountain stages very soon in the route.

I would change just a couple things. I would introduce a flat Time trial with 55/60 km between the Pyrenees and the alpes, and i would change the ITT of Combloux for a pure mountain Time Trial. I want something like a time trial to Alpe d'huez in 2004, in the Tour again.

The stage of Grand Colombier should also had another climb like Mont du chat.

With this changes, it would a very good route, just like i think it should be.

7 mountain stages distributed between the 3 weeks, one flat ITT, one mountain ITT, 3/4 medium mountain stages, 8/9 flat stages.
 
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I liked the route of last year's Tour. I like how the mountain stages were distributed.

I liked the first two mountain stages very soon in the route.

I would change just a couple things. I would introduce a flat Time trial with 55/60 km between the Pyrenees and the alpes, and i would change the ITT of Combloux for a pure mountain Time Trial. I want something like a time trial to Alpe d'huez in 2004, in the Tour again.

The stage of Grand Colombier should also had another climb like Mont du chat.

With this changes, it would a very good route, just like i think it should be.

7 mountain stages distributed between the 3 weeks, one flat ITT, one mountain ITT, 3/4 medium mountain stages, 8/9 flat stages.

I agree with everything you said. Mountain stages had everything last year. Downhill finishes, long range attacks, hard MTF's, decent combos (like the one on stage 20. Add a proper flat TT and that's nearly perfect route (or at least as good as it gets).
 
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can we expect a stage by stage preview for the Tour, @Devil's Elbow ? ;)
I hope so, but I'm not sure if I'll get it done in time. If not, I'll be putting up the previews in the form of stage threads, just like in previous years.

And before people ask, the Vuelta starts on the weekend I return from my summer holiday, so am not planning on doing much for that race.