Judging from the graphs, there doesn't seem to be flat piece of road anywhere! On the other hand, there also doesn't seem to be a single climb over a K or so.
The Parcours looks like a cross between Flanders and Amstel with a bit of L-B-L thrown in for good measure so the stages should be pretty selective and exciting.
Yup you guys are right - no long climbs or anything like that but a lot of hills that can be pretty steep. However nothing that should pose to much of a problem to anyone except for stage 3. Luxembourg is on the very outskirts of the Ardennes (You might know the famous "Battle of the Bulge" at the end of WW2, when a town like Diekirch, the arrivée of stage 3, was almost completely destroyed. They still have a monument there today for American General Patton and there is a yearly cycling race for U23 that also has his name), and so especially the north of the country is rather hilly because of that. Hence the similarities with the Ardennes Classics and the liking that luxembourgish riders have for the Ardennes Classics. Plus some other riders from Saxo Bank (Fuglsang, N. Sorensen) train here because of the good terrain.
When I go on rides I always think they could just as well organize a really cool 1 day race here, but it's of course difficult to establish a new race like that against the likes of LBL, which has been around for a hundred years or so. Strade Bianche showed how it's done though - you can still create a new race and make it very big and popular in little time!
Livestreams it is..no?
Shame Sporza stopped coverage
Hm I highly doubt that. I don't know whether Sporza ever covered it either ... to my knowledge the only coverage if of RTL - Luxembourg, they'll show recaps every day on TV. The good news is those will be available online (http://www.rtl.lu
), the bad news is the comment will be in luxembourgish. However if you're proficient in dutch/german, you'll understand it.
I really like Luxembourg, particularly the Petite Suisse area they're passing through tomorrow. It's lush, thickly wooded and full of nasty little hills. Went for a dayhike there last year:
Hey I'm glad to hear you liked it! I live 15 mins from Echternach and went to school there for a long time. The petite swiss is great and the race will go through there on Stage 1 (at km 45) and then again on Stage 4 (at km 80).
The Grund is really beautiful and it's a really nice place to go out and party. The prologue will go through there tomorrow - a lot of pavement and a really steep hill as well. I'll be there to watch it