/ TdF 2013
My fimpression is that this route will suit Froome, but I'm no expert. What do the aficianados think?
Depends a lot on the details and in particular the team time trial in Nice could be important, depending on its length. You would expect Sky to make time on SaxoTinkoff Bank.
on the ITTs the length of the 2nd is given and its not that long, we arent told the length of the 1st, but I'd expect Froome to take some time on AC in both, but probably not much.
The final week does appear to be pretty brutal, but again, those details are a bit vague. 2 ascents of the alpe in a single stage sounds appalling but it depends on what precedes those climbs on the day since the alpe is usually at the end of a big mountain day anyway, having already crossed several major cols to get there.
As ever, form will decide who wins.
The 100% official stuff should be online before lunch.
Am eager to find out how close it will be to me, but I'm getting ready to enter again (did Acte 1 this year)
never liked c u ntador tbh
Gosh, really? Guess you don't like cycling very much.
Here we go: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/us/overall-route.html
Apart from the Mickey Mouse Alpe d'Huez stage it looks fantastic.
I love cycling, and despise cheats. Contador is a fantastic, attacking rider, who also happens to be a convicted drugs cheat. It makes my heart bleed knowing that a man with his talents and panache stooped so low as to rob his fellow riders in the peleton a fair crack at taking him on fair and square. For that reason, I'll never be pleased when he wins anything. Now, what was your point, exactly?
They were doing that a few weeks ago - that's when the strongest rumours started.
It's a great climb - always been put off descending it. Wonder if they are going to put barriers along the top 2km. Wouldn't want to go over the edge there.
Which stages would you head for though, stages 18 and 19 perhaps ????
Getting really excited about this one - it's the 100th and I think it is wide open.
In celebration, me and the boys are doing our own version, with this little itinerary organised by my mate John Boy. I may die:
Sat 13th July: DAY 1 - Beaufort, Albertville, Col de la Madeleine, St Michel de Maurienne, Col de Telegraph, OVERNIGHT in Valloire (133km)
Mon 14th July: DAY 2 - Valloire, Col de Galibier, Briancon, Col de Izoard, Guillestre, Embrun, OVERNIGHT in Gap (163km)
Tues 15th July:DAY 3 - Tour de France Stage 18 Gap to Alpe d'Huez to Alpe d'Huez (yes - you climb the mythical 21 hairpins twice which means passing our hotel and knowing you have 50km further and another ascent of the Alp to go!!!!!) OVERNIGHT in AdH or Bd'O dependent on availability (168km)
Wed 16th July: DAY 4 - Tour de France Stage 19 - Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand (my Birthday!!). This is going to be one tough day after the 42 hairpins of AdH! OVERNIGHT in Grand Bornand. (204km)
Thurs 17th July - Day 5 - Le Grand Bornand, Col des Aravis, Col des Saisies OVERNIGHT Beaufort. A short day but still with two cols which after b'day celebrations could be tough! (53.3km)
I don't think the bookies have it "wide open". Bertie is firm favourite.
I'm organising a Pyrenees road trip for 10 people to see the 2 stages and then when the tour has gone through we're going to tick off some of the biggies - Tourmalet, Hautaucam, Luz Ardiden etc.
An excited little Shamster.
Stages 15-18 (from Ventoux, until the finish on Alpe d'Huez) are all a day out from my house so I'm thinking I'll be booking some time off work already and making the most of it. One month until Etape registrations opens too.
> Which stages would you head for though, stages 18 and 19 perhaps ????
Well, we've got the Ventoux stage, a rest day and a stage start all within 10km of my house so I'm staying put ;-)
The Alpe d'Huez stage will be immense from a spectators point of view. It would take some planning but you could watch on the Col de Sarenne then leg it back down to the Alpe for the finish - if you can move!!
You'll have to be up there at least the day before though.
The Mountains on the next stage are early on in the stage but the Madelaine is great.
Does anyone have any advice on where I should site my tent on the climb itself ? I will be there a day early so hopefully, I should get a few choices !1
> It's a great climb - always been put off descending it. Wonder if they are going to put barriers along the top 2km. Wouldn't want to go over the edge there.
When we came down it there was a young lad lying very still and very bloody on the tarmac being tended to by an ambulance crew. Never heard what the outcome was.
That descent is more like something from the Vuelta than the tour. I assume the resurfacing will replace the open fords with tarmaced bridges.
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