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Tour de France 2018 General News
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:29 »
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No stage details were revealed, but according to a second report in Le Telegramme newspaper, the Grand Depart will be centred around the Puy du Fou historical theme park, with three days of racing in the Vendee before heading north to Brittany.

Le Telegramme suggests the Tour de France could visit Sarzeau, on the Rhuys peninsula in Brittany after the stages in the Vendee. The local newspaper also claims that Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme asked local officials from the Plouhinec area of Brittany to suggest a tough finale for a stage that includes dirt road sections in the final 30km.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 08:31 »


    Velowire will have more details soon  :P
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 10:19 »
    My brother's long term ambition has been to ride Alpe d'Huez on his 60th birthday, and I would hope to join him.  The auspicious day is 15th July 2018: the Sunday of Bastille Day weekend.   

    Any idea how soon we might know whether the Alps will be Tour-free that weekend?  (I suspect he will have to change his plans)
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 10:55 »
    If the start is actually at le Puy du Fou does that suggest that the race will begin with a TT like it did on the 2 previous times that it started there?
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 12:07 »
    My brother's long term ambition has been to ride Alpe d'Huez on his 60th birthday, and I would hope to join him.  The auspicious day is 15th July 2018: the Sunday of Bastille Day weekend.   

    Any idea how soon we might know whether the Alps will be Tour-free that weekend?  (I suspect he will have to change his plans)

    ask Tomas AC he will probably have some idea
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 12:08 »
    If the start is actually at le Puy du Fou does that suggest that the race will begin with a TT like it did on the 2 previous times that it started there?

    you would think so
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #6 on: February 13, 2017, 12:10 »
    ask Tomas AC he will probably have some idea

    Tomas?  Voeckler? Geraint? or another Thomas?
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017, 12:12 »
    Tomas?  Voeckler? Geraint? or another Thomas?

    Velowire sorry I thought that was obvious

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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #11 on: February 28, 2017, 18:30 »
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #12 on: February 28, 2017, 20:14 »
    Is stage 3 an ITT or a TTT?
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #13 on: February 28, 2017, 20:45 »
    Is stage 3 an ITT or a TTT?
    A TTT.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-2018-to-start-on-passage-du-gois/

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    ...followed by a 35km team time trial around Cholet on stage 3
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #14 on: February 28, 2017, 20:47 »
    Is stage 3 an ITT or a TTT?
    It's a TTT.

    They've also announced the start of stage 4:

    I believe they'll go west towards Britanny; if going east, there'd be no reason to turn north after Nozay, you could just continue on the D771 instead.
    And there have been rumours about ribinou ... :shh
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 07:21 »
    It's a TTT.

    They've also announced the start of stage 4:

    I believe they'll go west towards Britanny; if going east, there'd be no reason to turn north after Nozay, you could just continue on the D771 instead.
    And there have been rumours about ribinou ... :shh

    There are facts about it, just need the route confirmed  :cool
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #16 on: October 17, 2017, 19:51 »
    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/920231124839878657

    Stage 1, July 7: Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile – Fontenay-le-Comte, 189km
    Stage 2, July 8: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon, 183km
    Stage 3, July 9: Cholet – Cholet (TTT), 35km
    Stage 4, July 10: La Baule – Sarzeau, 192km
    Stage 5, July 11: Lorient – Quimper, 203km
    Stage 6, July 12: Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
    Stage 7, July 13: Fougères – Chartres, 231km
    Stage 8, July 14: Dreux – Amiens Métropole, 181km
    Stage 9, July 15: Arras Citadelle – Roubaix, 154km

    Rest day

    Stage 10, July 17: Annecy – Le Grand Bornand, 159km
    Stage 11, July 18: Albertville – La Rosière, 108km
    Stage 12, July 19: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’Huez, 175km
    Stage 13, July 20: Bourg d’Oisans – Valence, 169km
    Stage 14, July 21: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende, 187km
    Stage 15, July 22: Millau – Carcassonne, 181km

    Rest day

    Stage 16, July 24: Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
    Stage 17, July 25: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet), 65km
    Stage 18, July 26: Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau, 172km
    Stage 19, July 27: Lourdes – Laruns, 200km
    Stage 20, July 28: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (ITT), 31km
    Stage 21, July 29: Houilles – Paris Champs Elysées, 115km



    Are bad fitting suits a thing now?

    However Calmejane and Pinot are looking smooth. Yates (ironically enough) will be over with the wine menu soon.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #17 on: October 17, 2017, 21:38 »
    I like the look of this, especially stage 17.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #18 on: October 17, 2017, 22:23 »
    The short stage is preceeded by a long stage with some mountains, looks like the recipe from last year's Vuelta, with extra spice.  :cool

    The first week though, I hope for wind and rain  :shh

    Second week looks nice too, if for no other reason than the Aravis.  :D Etape du Tour will be same area as last year!
    EDIT: and once again, they spend a day going more or less nowhere, from Annecy to Grand Bornand isn't a long distance if you pick the right way  :D
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    « Reply #19 on: October 17, 2017, 22:45 »
    The first week though, I hope for wind and rain  :shh

    looks okish to me, with this one and Mur de Bretagne the day after

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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #20 on: October 17, 2017, 23:11 »
    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/920231124839878657

    Stage 1, July 7: Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile – Fontenay-le-Comte, 189km
    Stage 2, July 8: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon, 183km
    Stage 3, July 9: Cholet – Cholet (TTT), 35km
    Stage 4, July 10: La Baule – Sarzeau, 192km
    Stage 5, July 11: Lorient – Quimper, 203km
    Stage 6, July 12: Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
    Stage 7, July 13: Fougères – Chartres, 231km
    Stage 8, July 14: Dreux – Amiens Métropole, 181km
    Stage 9, July 15: Arras Citadelle – Roubaix, 154km

    Rest day

    Stage 10, July 17: Annecy – Le Grand Bornand, 159km
    Stage 11, July 18: Albertville – La Rosière, 108km
    Stage 12, July 19: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’Huez, 175km
    Stage 13, July 20: Bourg d’Oisans – Valence, 169km
    Stage 14, July 21: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende, 187km
    Stage 15, July 22: Millau – Carcassonne, 181km

    Rest day

    Stage 16, July 24: Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
    Stage 17, July 25: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet), 65km
    Stage 18, July 26: Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau, 172km
    Stage 19, July 27: Lourdes – Laruns, 200km
    Stage 20, July 28: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (ITT), 31km
    Stage 21, July 29: Houilles – Paris Champs Elysées, 115km



    Are bad fitting suits a thing now?

    However Calmejane and Pinot are looking smooth. Yates (ironically enough) will be over with the wine menu soon.

    Getting skinny trousers to look skinny on these guys must be a challenge. Tailored on a couple of long pipe-cleaners.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #21 on: October 18, 2017, 00:47 »
    Getting skinny trousers to look skinny on these guys must be a challenge. Tailored on a couple of long pipe-cleaners.

    Skinny trousers make such a VERY bad optic with a suit coat. Agh.  :barf
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #22 on: October 18, 2017, 17:14 »
    looks okish to me, with this one and Mur de Bretagne the day after


    There are ribinou in the Bretagne stages as well, aren't there?
    Don't tell me they dropped those!? :-x
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #23 on: October 19, 2017, 17:00 »
    There are ribinou in the Bretagne stages as well, aren't there?
    Don't tell me they dropped those!? :-x

    Ribinou? Holee crap!

    Was it Merckx or Hinault who had no love for Paris-Roubaix and cobbles? Ribinou? I love it! IF they left some in! If its dry, not such a big deal - flats seem to be the biggest general worry then. In the wet, carnage. Uhoh, hmmm , maybe I should slow down on what I wish for.
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    « Reply #24 on: October 24, 2017, 17:32 »
    Was it Merckx or Hinault who had no love for Paris-Roubaix and cobbles?
    Hinault. Started Paris-Roubaix once, won it solo, said it was a circus, never returned.

    Merckx, like any proper Belgian, LOVED cobbles, winning Ronde & P-R several times each.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #25 on: October 24, 2017, 20:41 »
    Hinault. Started Paris-Roubaix once, won it solo, said it was a circus, never returned.

    I thought this was one of the great urban myths/apocryphal tales of cycling and unless I'm missing some sarcasm I'm surprised to see you repeating it. He rode it more than once but won it once.
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    « Reply #26 on: October 24, 2017, 23:15 »
    I thought this was one of the great urban myths/apocryphal tales of cycling and unless I'm missing some sarcasm I'm surprised to see you repeating it. He rode it more than once but won it once.
    I've always only heard/read it reported as fact.
    Since his P-R win came six years before my birth, I can hardly claim first-hand knowledge. ;)

    It is a very good story - and I suppose it may be too good to be true.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #27 on: October 25, 2017, 15:23 »
    https://twitter.com/OdvartJames/status/923139207673139200

    Jungle Bob to be thrown to the lions at the TdF in 2018.
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #28 on: November 19, 2017, 20:56 »
    Stage 17. Awesome. Monster. Magnifique. Superlative.

    And here's a short to get yer blood warmed up and all on tenterhooks in anticipation!

    Col collective previews 2018 stage 17, col du Portet
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    Re: Tour de France 2018 General News
    « Reply #29 on: November 21, 2017, 03:48 »
    . . .
    Jungle Bob to be thrown to the lions at the TdF in 2018.

    And that is literally what they said they are going to do! So, now he is not Bob Jungels, he is Daniel Jungels - Jungle Dan, the lion-slayer. This could be a very interesting Tour coming up. It could be another very interesting year!
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