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37th Tour de Normandie
« on: March 13, 2017, 21:23 »

The race began in 1939 but that was the only edition until it started up again for four years between 1956-1959, after a long absence the race returned in 1981 initially as a race for amateurs before in 1996 becoming a race for professionals.

True to its reputation the 37th Tour de Normandie has brought together a platform that will allow young talents to show their capabilities. This years course will be different to those of previous years as the traditional prologue has been abandoned in favour of a first stage with an uphill finish, however as always the unpredictable weather at this time of year will play its part.

As the official website says!

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From Bourg-Achard to Gonflreville l'Orcher, from Neufchâtel-en-Bray to Forges-les-Eaux, from Duclair to Elbeuf-sur-Seine, from Neubourg to Argentan, from La Ferté-Macé to Bagnoles de l'Orne Normandy, From Fleury-sur-Orne to Ducey-les-Chéris or from Sourdeval to Caen, the 7 stages will all be conducive to the audacious wanting to jostle the hierarchy of the overall standings.



The Parcours

Stage 1 - Bourg-Achard › Gonfreville-l'Orcher (143km)



This edition will start in Bourg-Achard, after hosting a stage in 2016 the municipality of this city has agreed to be the location of the Grand Départ. The geographical location of this town close to the Seine-Maritime has allowed the organizers to design a stage of 143 km that travels towards the seaside and the famous cliffs of Étretat before descending into the industrial city of Gonfreville-l'Orcher. This is a stage that will impact the G.C as the finish will be located at the top of a climb with 10% difficulty in a city that receives the Tour de Normandie for the first time.

Stage 2 - Neufchâtel-en-Bray › Forges-les-Eaux (153.5km)



The second stage has the traditional arrival at Forges-les-Eaux which has taken place for many years but with changes in the finale. It starts in nearby town, Neufchâtel-en-Bray, that the riders will leave for a stage traced entirely in Pays de Bray.

Stage 3 - Duclair › Elbeuf-sur-Seine (165km)



The third stage is a return since it was on the program in 2015 and is between two cities on the banks of the Seine, Duclair and Elbeuf-sur-Seine, both in Seine-Maritime. In 2015 the equivalent stage was won by Dimitri Claeys who went on to win the race overall.

Stage 4 - Le Neubourg › Argentan (163km)



On Thursday after stages between Eure and Seine-Maritime the peloton will join the Orne.

This will be the first time the race has started in Le Neubourg although the race has regularly passed through. This is a fairly flat stage but that doesn't mean it will be easy as the riders will have to navigate the narrow, windy roads of the Orne

Stage 5 - La Ferté-Macé › Bagnoles-de-l'Orne (158.8km)



This stage will consist of hilly roads that will offer opportunities to those willing to attack, the stage is held between two close towns and could well play an important part in deciding who is successful in the overall battle for victory.

Stage 6 - Fleury-sur-Orne › Ducey-lès-Chéris (166km)



This is a totally new stage for the race and will go near to Mont Saint-Michel, due to this, this stage could well be influenced by the wind.

Stage 7 - Sourdeval › Caen (144.5km)



This final stage will be last chance for someone to try and get some glory, the stage starts off with lumpy roads but the final 40km or so are fairly flat which may mean the most likely outcome is a sprint.

Teams



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There is a nice assortment of colouful jerseys.



previous winners
2016   PLANCKAERT Baptiste *be
2015   CLAEYS Dimitri *be
2014   KüNG Stefan *ch
2013   DILLIER Silvan *ch   
2012   COUSIN Jérôme *fr   
2011   BLAIN Alexandre *fr
2010   VAN ZANDBEEK Ronan *nl   
2009   SCHMITZ Bram *nl
2008   DALIBARD Antoine *fr   
2007   MAASKANT Martijn *nl

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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 10:24 »
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    Odd that WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect & AGO-Aqua Service or Fortuneo-Vital Concept & VC Pays de Loudéac are allowed to compete in the same race.
    All it takes is a look at their jerseys to see they're connected to each other! :slow
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 20:50 »
    Odd that WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect & AGO-Aqua Service or Fortuneo-Vital Concept & VC Pays de Loudéac are allowed to compete in the same race.
    All it takes is a look at their jerseys to see they're connected to each other! :slow

    I thought the rule was same paying agent or title sponsor. So although VC Pays de Loudeac have Vital Concept prominently on their jersey if they aren't a title sponsor I think its ok. The problem would come if the were called "VC Pays de Loudeac - Vital Concept".
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 21:08 »
    I thought the rule was same paying agent or title sponsor. So although VC Pays de Loudeac have Vital Concept prominently on their jersey if they aren't a title sponsor I think its ok. The problem would come if the were called "VC Pays de Loudeac - Vital Concept".
    It says "main partner", not "title sponsor", in the UCI rules. To make matters worse, VC Pays de Loudéac isn't a UCI-registered team, but a French cycling club - who does have sponsors or main partners, but keeps its own name for the team.

    If you look at the club's homepage, they list Fortuneo-Vital Concept (the ProConti team) as one of their sponsors! So they don't have the same sponsors as #fortuneo ... they are actually sponsored by them! :o

    Now, I don't really care if the teams are in a race together. I only wish there would be clear guidelines for all of this, and that they were actually applied across the board and not only in those cases where the UCI is aware of teams being run and/or funded by the same entities.
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 12:32 »
    Good stage for a few young riders to impress, I'd imagine #jlt *nz Alex Frame may pick up a couple of stages
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 14:11 »
    Not sure of names or numbers but the wind has helped split the peloton into two groups, currently just over a minute between them.
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 15:44 »
    With around 30km to go Sivakov, Mottier and Delaplace attacked from the front group and fairly quickly got a lead of a minute, Sivakov was dropped with about 20km left, despite this the two out front continued to extend their lead and with 10km left had a gap of 1'35, this proved enough for them to comfortably hold on to contest the win which was taken by Delaplace, the podium was rounded off by Justin Jules (who earlier picked up three bonus seconds at an intermediate sprint) as expected the climb to the line did create some gaps in the peloton.


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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 15:04 »
    Once again Sivakov was on the attack this time he was joined by Bugter, Stewart and Raid. For a while their lead stayed steady at just under two minutes however as the finale approached the gap fell to a minute with 20km left, by this point Raid had been dropped. Although the trio out front continued to work well together they were eventually caught with just 3km left, the ensuing bunch sprint was won by Jakobsen ahead of Welten and Brøchner.

    There shouldn't be any changes in the top three although it looks like Jules picked up some bonus seconds as mentioned above and Brøchner should have moved up a bit.



    A note from the stage is that Jimmy Duquennoy was DQ'd for getting some illegal assistance from his DS!
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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #10 on: March 22, 2017, 15:56 »
    The stage 3 BOTD consisted of Bacon, Kooistra, De Laat, Burgaudeau and Van Schip, their lead went out to about 3 minutes as it started to come down Gaudin managed to bridge across, coming into the last 10km Kooistra and De Laat were dropped and the gap was about 15 seconds. With only a few kilometers left they were still out front at which point Gaudin attacked, Van Schip and Bacon managed to follow him and they led going under the flamme rouge, as unlikely as it seemed with 10km to go the break managed to hang on and Van Schip took the win ahead of Gaudin and Bacon. Vallee won the bunch sprint ahead of Jules.

    No changes in the overall I believe.


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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #11 on: March 23, 2017, 17:35 »
    No idea what happened today if I'm being honest but Justin Jules won the stage ahead of stage two victor Fabio Jakobsen, this means the former has cut the deficit to race leader Anthony Delaplace to 19 seconds. Nathan Van Hooydonck who was in fourth place overall before today's stage had to abandon unfortunately.

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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 17:02 »
    A seemingly straight forward stage today, the break was formed by eight riders: Hagen, Rostollan, Kneisky, Burgaudeau, De Laat, Vinther, Mortier and Stewart, their lead was always under control and never went beyond three minutes.

    The lead group was whittled down to three with riders with only Burgaudeau, Stewart and De Laat able to stay ahead of the chasing peloton as the race entered the last 20 kilometers, however they were never more than half a minute ahead by this point.

    They were caught with 5 kilometers left and the resulting bunch sprint was won by Ariesen ahead of Gessner and Jakobsen, importantly for the general classification that means Jules (who finished 4th) failed to pick up any bonus seconds which left the top three completely unchanged.

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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #13 on: March 25, 2017, 16:44 »
    After a fast first hour where a fairly large group tried and failed to get away the stage settled down when a group of 4 riders, Gaudin, De Laat, Delfosse and Riviere formed the BOTD.

    As has been the case in the race the break never got much of a lead and as the final 10-15km approached it looked set for a bunch sprint, however this wasn't to be the case as not for the first time the break managed to hang on by a matter of seconds to contest the win. The stage was taken by Gaudin (who finished second in a similar situation a few days ago) in front of Delfosse and De Laat.

    Ahead of tomorrow's final stage the top three again remained unchanged meaning that if Jules is going to try and take the overall win he can no longer rely on just bonus seconds.

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    Re: 37th Tour de Normandie
    « Reply #14 on: March 26, 2017, 16:29 »
    The race stayed together until after the first intermediate sprint at 80km, the sprint was taken by Jensen ahead of Jules and Nielsen. After this a break consisting of Bacon, Mulhern and Krieger got away, as the stage entered the last 10 kilometers Mulhern was dropped and the remaining two riders had a lead of just over 30 seconds, this time there was no glory for the break as they were caught with 5 kilometers left. Despite a late attack from Van Schip the final stage did end in a bunch sprint which was won by Orceau ahead of Kneisky and Frame.

    The podium for #yellow stayed the same

    1st Delaplace
    2nd Mottier
    3rd Jules

    The other jerseys are as follows

    #green Jules
    #kom Sivakov
    #white Eenkhoorn

    The team classification was won by  #wbva


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