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Re: Le Tour 2017 Big Preview
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:19 »
Stages 3rd week
Stage: 16 - 18 July : Le Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isère 165.00 km #flat
Stage: 17 - 19 July : La Mure - Serre-Chevalier 183.00 km #mountain
Stage: 18 - 20 July : Briançon - Izoard 178.00 km #mountain
Stage: 19 - 21 July : Embrun - Salon-de-Provence 220.00 km #flat
Stage: 20 - 22 July : Marseille ITT 23.00 km #tt
Stage: 21 - 23 July : Montgeron - Paris 105.00 km #flat

Stage: 16 - 18 July : Le Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isère, 165.00 km, #flat

The roads of the day are perfectly known by the amateur riders of the Ardéchoise cyclosportive, with a topography that could give confidence to breakaway riders. But finishes in the Rhône Valley often end up with bunched sprints… unless the wind plays a role.

Km 20.5 - Côte de Boussoulet4.5 kilometre-long climb at 6.3% - category 3
Km 65.0 - Col du Rouvey2.8 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 4

Stage: 17 - 19 July : La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183.00 km, #mountain

Climbers battling it out for the Yellow Jersey will have two more days to express themselves, to change the outcome or comfort a decent lead and gain precious time. Heading towards Serre-Chevalier, we will give them the most prestigious of what the Alps has to offer: the Col de la Croix de Fer and then the Galibier back after a 6-year absence, going up the Télégraphe. It's now up to them

Km 30.0 - Col d'Ornon5.1 kilometre-long climb at 6.7% - category 2
Km 78.5 - Col de la Croix de Fer (2 067 m)24 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% - category H
Km 132.5 - Col du Télégraphe (1 566 m)11.9 kilometre-long climb at 7.1% - category 1
Km 155.0 - Col du Galibier (2 642 m) Souvenir Henri Desgrange17.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% - category H

Stage: 18 - 20 July : Briançon - Izoard, 178.00 km, #mountain

It'll be the final battle between the climbers at the heart of one of the most spectacular and surprising sports theaters there is to offer. A real inspiration for attackers with temperament. From Barcelonnette to the Col de Vars, spirits and legs will be on fire. The last ten kilomeres before the summit of the Izoard are at an average gradient of 9%. The “rendez-vous” of the Casse Déserte will add solemnity to the hardness of percents.

Km 60.0 - Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées3.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% - category 3
Km 129.5 - Col de Vars (2 109 m)9.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.5% - category 1
Km 179.5 - Col d'Izoard (2 360 m)14.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category H

Stage: 19 - 21 July : Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220.00 km, #flat

Beware not to be gently rocked by the relaxed atmosphere of the villages of Provence, the lavender fields and the olive trees of Lubéron. It'll be the longest stage of the Tour and will start by a hilly portion, tough on the legs. It'll be a final opportunity for escapees to witness glory. Just as long as they manage to stay clear of the hungry pack all the way to the finish line

Km 26.0 - Col Lebraut4.7 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 3
Km 43.0 - Côte de Bréziers2.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 3
Km 177.5 - Col du Pointu5.8 kilometre-long climb at 4.1% - category 3

Stage: 20 - 22 July : Marseille ITT, 23.00 km, #tt

For the very first time, Marseille will welcome an individual time-trial. A final opportunity to witness a change in the hierarchy and why not see the Yellow Jersey switch shoulders. Set entirely on urban roads with a passage on the Corniche and by the Vieux-Port (old harbour), the course will be rather flat except for a climb up to the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde cathedral. The start and finish will take place inside the legendary Vélodrome football stadium

Stage: 21 - 23 July : Montgeron - Paris, 105.00 km, #flat

It'll be time for facts and figures. First of all time to check the number of riders who will enter the world of Giants of the road. Time to count the seconds or minutes separating the best on the final podium. But the finish on the Champs-Élysées is also a territory for sprinters. The British and the Germans have reigned there without sharing these last few years. Will they finally meet a worthy enough rival?

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