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Re: The Perfect Race
« Reply #90 on: June 10, 2017, 21:02 »
8 June 2020: Stage 3
Flensburg - Sønderborg, 184.1 km

The sign-in will be on the Exe. Formerly used for popinjay shooting and cattle markets, it became a military exercising ground in the 19th century, giving it its modern name. Today it hosts various fairs and circuses, and is otherwise used as a parking area. Since 2015, a container village in a corner of the area has hosted refugees. A 10-minute walk from the city centre, the Exe offers ample parking for the team buses and cars, and there's still room for a stage where the presentation and sign-in happens.

After a 6.7 km neutral zone on the B 199, the real start is given outside Handewitt (well-known as the second part of the name of handball club SG Flensburg-Handewitt). Stage 3 traverses the immediate border area, first going west all the way to Højer, then back east to the finish in Sønderborg.

The first point of interest is Ladelund, site of Ladelund Ungdomsskole, the only efterskole in Sydslesvig. The little village hosts the day's first intermediate sprint. Continuing west, the peloton passes by Seebüll, the house built for world-famous painter Emil Nolde who hailed from this area - it is now a museum.

Only a few kilometres after Seebüll, we cross the border to Denmark in Rudbøl, marking the start of the "Best Rider on Danish Roads" subclassification. North of the border, there is an 8-km stretch on Højer Dige, overlooking the marshes and Wadden Sea (UNESCO World Heritage) to the west, before we reach the westernmost point of the stage in Højer and turn east.

In Møgeltønder, the Slotsgade throws 700 metres of cobbles at the peloton, with the first riders being rewarded by an activity sprint outside Schackenborg Castle. Shortly afterwards, we pass the nice little town of Tønder. The riders won't have time to look at Tønder Kunstmuseum though, speeding on towards the east coast of Sønderjylland.

On the way to the Flensborg Fjord they will pass Frøslevlejren, a German concentration camp in World War 2 and now a højskole, closely followed by the feedzone in the border town of Padborg (only a few kilometres north of Flensburg). In Kruså, an intermediate sprint is held at the memorial for the meeting of Danish king Christian X with the Danes from Sydslesvig who were not to be reunited with Denmark. He uttered the now-famous phrase "I skal ikke blive glemt" ("You shall not be forgotten") that's also inscribed on the stone.

Reaching Flensborg Fjord in Kollund, the riders turn inland again in Sønderhav at Annies kiosk - probably the only pølsebod with a Wikipedia entry - to climb Sønderhavvej for the day's first mountain sprint.

After 18 more kilometres another intermediate sprint is held in Gråsten, home of Gråsten Slot and the world-famous Gravenstein apples (Denmark's national fruit), and we then race around picturesque Nybøl Nor.

Finally, we reach the finishing circuit of the day, set around Dybbøl and Sønderborg. In 1864, this was the site of the decisive battle of the war, when the Prussian troops overran the Danish defenses on the hills overlooking the important city. Today, there's an interactive museum built on top of the hill, bringing the history of the conflict to schoolchildren and other interested visitors.

After crossing the finish line for the first time, the riders face three laps of this circuit well-known from the Tour of Denmark:

Descending into Sønderborg (with great views of Sønderborg Slot), they cross Kong Christian den Tiendes Bro, go up the cobbled Jomfrustien, back across the bridge, and up the drag towards Dybbøl Mølle. The final metres before the line (as well as a bit after the line) are cobbled, as well.

After the stage, teams can choose to stay in their Flensburg hotels for another night, or they can be accommodated in Aabenraa or Haderslev - the next day's starting city.
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