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Re: Le Tour 2017 Big Preview
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:17 »
Stages first week
Stage: 1 - 1 July : Düsseldorf ITT 13.00 km #tt
Stage: 2 - 2 July : Düsseldorf - Liège 202.00 km #flat
Stage: 3 - 3 July : Verviers - Longwy 202.00 km #med
Stage: 4 - 4 July : Mondorf-les-Bains - Vittel 203.00 km #flat
Stage: 5 - 5 July : Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles 160.00 km #med
Stage: 6 - 6 July : Vesoul - Troyes 216.00 km #flat
Stage: 7 - 7 July : Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges 214.00 km #flat
Stage: 8 - 8 July : Dole - Station des Rousses 187.00 km #med
Stage: 9 - 9 July : Nantua - Chambéry 181.00 km #mountain

Stage: 1 - 1 July : Düsseldorf ITT, 13.00 km, #tt


Of the 13 kilometres of the inaugural time-trial course, close to 10 will be set on the banks of the Rhine river or the bridges above it… and bends can be counted on the fingers of both hands! There will be no or almost no mystery: the “rouleurs” will have their word to say. In this speciality where a new generation is showing up, a multiple world-champion boosted by the support of his fans could well be the fastest man





Stage: 2 - 2 July : Düsseldorf - Liège, 202.00 km, #flat

Most of the stage will take place in Germany. During the last visits to Liège during the 21st century, the riders battled it out on time-trials while those who normally shine on Liège-Bastogne-Liège are among the best punchers of the moment. This time, a sprint victory is to be expected on the boulevard de la Sauvenière.





Km 6.5 - Côte de Grafenberg1.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% - category 4
Km 183.0 - Côte d'Olne1.3 kilometre-long climb at 4.7% - category 4



Stage: 3 - 3 July : Verviers - Longwy, 202.00 km, #med

A coincidence or destiny, the Tour will take off from Verviers just two days before the 35th birthday of the city's native, Philippe Gilbert. And the day's course could well inspire the Wallonian. Indeed the climb going up to the Longwy Citadel looks a lot like the Mont des Alouettes where he had conquered his only stage win on the Tour in 2011. Whatever the outcome, the punchers will be on attacking soil, and the Yellow Jersey will be up for grabs





Km 18.0 - Côte de Sart2.8 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 4
Km 105.5 - Côte de Wiltz3.1 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 4
Km 120.5 - Côte d'Eschdorf2.3 kilometre-long climb at 9.3% - category 3
Km 197.0 - Côte de Villers-la-Montagne1.1 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% - category 4
Km 212.5 - LONGWY - Côte des Religieuses1.6 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 3





Stage: 4 - 4 July : Mondorf-les-Bains - Vittel, 203.00 km, #flat

Passing through Schengen and before returning to French territory, the peloton will have confirmation it can go around freely… Without major difficulties, this stage should offer a second opportunity to the sprinters. Beware however, the roads of Meurthe-et-Moselle could be swept by the wind and that could represent a menace for the title contenders.





Km 170.5 - Col des Trois Fontaines1.9 kilometre-long climb at 7.4% - category 4



Stage: 5 - 5 July : Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160.00 km, #med

It only took two stage finishes there for La Planche des Belles Filles to add its name to the history of the Tour. The climb is rather short however it's extremely demanding, especially on the final part. The gradients indeed reach 20%. It'll be a first explanation between the favourites.





Km 107.5 - Côte d'Esmoulières2.3 kilometre-long climb at 8% - category 3
Km 160.5 - LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES (1035 m)5.9 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% - category 1



Stage: 6 - 6 July : Vesoul - Troyes, 216.00 km, #flat

The sprint purists will have dissected and appreciated the possible scenario dictated on this flat stage by the teams of the best specialists. Riding through the Plateau de Langres, and passing through Colombeyles-Deux-Églises, the chase of the escapees should be perfectly planned. It'll then be the turn of the lead out trains to take command on the large avenues of the centre of Troyes.





Km 69.0 - Côte de Langres1.3 kilometre-long climb at 6.3% - category 4
Km 154.0 - Côte de la colline Sainte-Germaine3.1 kilometre-long climb at 4.4% - category 4



Stage: 7 - 7 July : Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214.00 km, #flat

The globally flat course seems perfectly suited for a revenge between the sprinters, frustrated by the outcome of the previous day. However the final loop of 40 kilometres will see the peloton battle it out in the sidewind and some teams will certainly make the best of it. The Burgundy vineyard homelands are indeed registered on the World Heritage of Humanity sites.





Km 147.5 - Côte d'Urcy2.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 4



Stage: 8 - 8 July : Dole - Station des Rousses, 187.00 km, #med

“Made in Jura”, that's how this stage could be qualified as it will take place entirely in that area. On this part of the Jura mountain range, the climbs will offer a good opportunity to breakaway riders at their best. Last of the three climbs on the menu, the Côte de la Combe de Laisia Les Molunes, and its summit just 11kms from the finish, will be a perfect scene for the best of them to make a difference





Km 101.5 - Col de la Joux6.1 kilometre-long climb at 4.7% - category 3
Km 138.5 - Côte de Viry (748 m)7.6 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% - category 2
Km 175.5 - Côte de la Combe de Laisia-Les Molunes (1 202 m)11.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% - category 1



Stage: 9 - 9 July : Nantua - Chambéry, 181.00 km, #mountain

Even in the Alps and the Pyrenees, climbs with average gradients of close to 10% on their entire length are pretty rare. There will be three on this Jura stage with a total ascending elevation of 4600 metres. The riders will first discover the climb up the Col de la Biche, followed by the unprecedented and fearsome side of the Grand Colombier, known as the Directissime (gradients up to 22%), and will finish the battle off with the Mont du Chat, not on the Tour map since 1974





Km 3.5 - Côte des Neyrolles3.2 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 2
Km 11.0 - Col de Bérentin4.1 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 3
Km 38.0 - Côte de Franclens2.4 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 3
Km 67.5 - Col de la Biche (Croix de Famban) (1 316 m)10.5 kilometre-long climb at 9% - category H
Km 91.0 - Grand Colombier (1 501 m)8.5 kilometre-long climb at 9.9% - category H
Km 134.0 - Côte de Jongieux3.9 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 4
Km 155.5 - Mont du Chat (1 504 m)8.7 kilometre-long climb at 10.3% - category H







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