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Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Contest #3 - Tour de France

Time for the annual Tour de France contest.

You have to re-draw and improve 2019 Tour de France

- Gran Depart should be kept the same way (Stage 1 and 2 starts and finishing in Bruxelles, in same points. You can switch finish of stage 1 and 2 or also starts, but a finish point should remain a finish point and a start point should remain a start point)
- Of course you have to end TDF in Champs-Elysees. This means that stage 20 must end near the start of Stage 21 or (hopefully) near a city that has TGV
- You cannot repeat key parts of Tour de France 2018 real stages
- You have to put a stage start or a stage finish in at least 7 different france regions
- You can freely choose what to do before Alps or Pyrenees
- 2019 Tour is dedicated to Merckx, so you have to reference him in at least three stages after Bruxelles. The reference could be whatever you want... same final of a famous stage that wins, passage on birthplace or his house and on
- You can do at least another stage in Belgium and you cannot go out of France after the Belgium Stages
- You must have from 5 to 7 stages for pure sprinters, Paris included - and no more than 2 of them consequently
- There should be at least 2 high mountain stages that does NOT end in a MTF

Deadline will be 26/6/2019, h 23.59

Tour must be done using Tour de France - 2019 profiles, with Large X-Size and slopes on to have an easy comparison between different routes.

Everyone who will present the route also posting in the topic profiles and descriptions in this topic will start the voting phase with 3 points bonus

Good luck to all
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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

Post by boileubeach »

TDF 2019

:arrow: 3421km
:arrow: 7 Flat stages
:arrow: 4 Hilly stages
:arrow: 8 Mountain stages
:arrow: 1 Individual Time Trial
:arrow: 1 Team Time Trial
:arrow: 28 cols HC,1,2

:arrow: Saturday, July 6 - Flat stageImage
191,5 KM
Bruxelles ///
/// Brussel

1st stage for sprinters with a passage to the famous Mur de Grammont.
The course goes to Woluwe where Eddy Merckx grew up but where he also took the first yellow jersey of his career

:arrow: Sunday, July 7 - TTTImage
28 KM
Bruxelles Palais Royal ///
/// Bruxelles Atomium

TTT which will satisfy the specialists

:arrow: Monday, July 8 - Flat stageImage
178 KM
Binche ///
/// Saint-Quentin

Back in France during this 3rd stage. Again for sprinters

:arrow: Tuesday, July 9 - Hilly stageImage
178 KM
Saint-Quentin ///
/// Château-Thierry

Stage taking place entirely in the department of Aisne. Hilly stage with a final for punchers with 1.6km at 7.6% in Château-Thierry

:arrow: Wednesday, July 10 - Flat stageImage
186,5 KM
La Fertés-sous-Jouarre ///
/// Orléans

New stage for sprinters in Orleans

:arrow: Thursday, July 11 - Hilly stageImage
151,5 KM
Orléans ///
/// Tours

The peloton will take 10.9km of paths during this stage. Sectors seen during Paris-Tours.

:arrow: Friday, July 12 - Flat stageImage
205,5 KM
ZooParc de Beauval ///
/// Moulins

Last stage for sprinters during the 1st week

:arrow: Saturday, July 13 - Mountain stageImage
233,5 KM
Yzeure ///
/// Issoire

long stage normally intended for breakaway riders

:arrow: Sunday, July 14 - Mountain stageImage
174 KM
Brioude ///
/// Le Lioran

Mountain stage just before the rest day in which the favorites should show up on this 14th of July.

:arrow: Monday, July 15
Rest Day - Le Lioran-Aurillac

:arrow: Tuesday, July 16 - Hilly stageImage
185,5 KM
Aurillac ///
/// Cahors

Breakaway riders should be partying in Cahors. Be careful with failures on this post-rest day during this hilly stage

:arrow: Wednesday, July 17 - Mountain stageImage
235 KM
Agen ///
/// Station d'Issarbe

Long stage for the favorites ending at Issarbe Station (10.6km to 8.8%). pay attention to the plain-mountain transition
The course goes to Mourenx, city where Eddy Merckx won in 1969 a stage after 140km alone

:arrow: Thursday, July 18 - Mountain stageImage
163 KM
Pau ///
/// Bagnères-de-Bigorre

It's "l'Étape Du Tour". The stage will offer the cols d'Aubisque and Tourmalet in tribute to the stage Luchon-Mourenx marked by the feat of Eddy Merckx

:arrow: Friday, July 19 - Mountain stageImage
179,5 KM
Lannemezan ///
/// Loudenvielle

exhausting mountain stage with 5 cols including the Port of Balès and the unexpected col de Beyrède

:arrow: Saturday, July 20 - Flat stageImage
162 KM
Muret ///
/// Narbonne

the only chance for sprinters in this 14th stage

:arrow: Sunday, July 21 - ITTImage
28 KM
Sète ///
/// Sète

ITT during which the riders will climb Mont Saint-Clair with 1.6km à 10.3%. the course combines straight roads and sinuous urban crossings

:arrow: Monday, July 22
Rest Day - Montpellier

:arrow: Tuesday, July 23 - Flat stageImage
168,5 KM
Montpellier ///
/// Aix-en-Provence

The sprinters will have to be careful of the final with the wind and relief if they want to win the stage

:arrow: Wednesday, July 24 - Mountain stageImage
217 KM
Digne-les-Bains ///
/// Vallouise-Pelvoux

unexpected arrival in Vallouise-Pelvoux in the beautiful Massif des Ecrins during this long high mountain stage

:arrow: Thursday, July 25 - Mountain stageImage
73,5 KM
Embrun ///
/// Orcières-Merlette

Be careful at the change of pace with this short stage of 73.5km with 4 cols and arriving at Orcières-Merlette station
Orcières-Merlette, city departure in 1971 of a stage connecting Marseille with 250 km of crazy chase between the Merckx group and the peloton

:arrow: Friday, July 26 -Mountain stage Image
207 KM
Gap ///
/// Die

It will be necessary to attack from afar if a leader wishes to take time in the general classification

:arrow: Saturday, July 27 - Hilly stageImage
160,5 KM
Bourg-lès-Valence ///
/// Lyon

a breakaway riders or a favorite can animate the race to try their last chance

:arrow: Sunday, July 28 - Flat stageImage
110,5 KM
Vélodrome La Cipale ///
/// Paris Champs-Élysées

Usual parade on the Champs-Élysées. Expected victory of a sprinter
Eddy Merckx wins his 5th and last TDF in 1974 by winning at La Cipale

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

Post by jajoejoe »


This is my submission, my laptop doesn't like this website so I can't put the profiles of each stage here but I'm still gonna describe them. This is my first time doing something like this, I have made some just for enjoyment but never on a website like this. I made my stage in the Strava route planner as I am used to making routes in there which means sometimes the route takes the bike path instead of the main road but this shouldn't be a major problem.

Stage 1&2: I like these stages as they are now, the first stage features a lot of landmarks and I think those are important to show the world watching. Stage 2 features the landmarks of Bruxelles and goes over very wide roads. This route is a bit butchered her because my GPX source doesn't like tunnels

Stage 3: This stage crosses the Belgian and French Ardennes but if nothing weird happens this should end in a mass sprint in the beautiful town of Mouzon.

Stage 4: The start is in Montmedy famous for it's citadel and for the rest this isn't really a special stage.

Stage 5: One for the breakaway probably and a chance for the leader's team to get some rest if there'll be a new yellow jersey.

Stage 6: Again a stage wich could be one for the breakaway as it isn't desicive enough for the GC guys, breakaway has to make sure they're with enough riders on the Route des Cretes otherwise they'll die

Stage 7: Again one for the sprinters.

Stage 8: A stage where we'll finally see the GC guys coming out of their cave. After a passing of the famous Dijon Prenois circuit and the source of the Seine river they will finish hilltop next to the ruins of the old Roman city of Alesia

Stage 9: Finish next to the Magny-Cours circuit. A finish on the circuit itself woldn't be great because of the tight final chicane

Stage 10: After the first rest day we'll have our first Eddy Merckx reference here. The last part from Fleurance resembles the couse of stage 9b from the 1975 TdF, Eddy's last stage win in the tour. The finish is on the short and punchy road leading to the centre of Auch, possibly one for the Sagans and Matthews in the peloton
Stage 11: MTF on Tourmalet nothing really special here.

Stage 12: Short stage to Hospice de France, should be spectacular as they will also pass over the airport of Peyragudes.

Stage 13: Sprinters intermezzo

Stage 14: Fairly short stage to Osseja, Puymorens could be the launchpad for a succesful breakaay.

Stage 15: A stage for the breakaway, Long descent at first is hard to control but the possibility of echelons could make this a stage where the riders really look forward to the upcoming rest day

Stage 16: I went a bit alternative here, no MTF for Mont Ventoux but a finish in Vaison-la-Romaine after some short and punchy climbs after the Mont Ventoux. Like the Ardennes, but with the Ventoux

Stage 17: Hilly ITT. This ITT will pas the beautiful Gorges du Toulourenc, a climb to the splendid town of Brantes, Montbrun-les-Bain and at last the horrible Mur de Monieux. The riders will most definitly swap bikes here. This ITT will not be about the fastest, but who can manage their efforts the best so they can negotiate the Mur at the end the best

Stage 18: The Allos Pra-Loup combination returns and will be a nod to Merckx' most famous loss, the climb where Bernard Thevenet decided the tour in his faith

Stage 19: A spectacular stage with The Vars, Izoard and Galibier. Long range attacks could be expected here

Stage 20: A stage of mythical proportions. The lack of flat KMs shoul enable long range of attacks on the Croix de Fer a la Kruiswijk. The Alpe d'Huez will be done from 2 different sides but the last one will be the trusted version
This is the last Eddy reference as we’ll return to his last MTF of his career.

Stage 21: The sprinters left can show their skills once again and the Yellow Jersey can enjoy his victory and the chapagne.

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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This is my 2019 Tour de France.


It starts in Brussels with a two-stage Grand Départ and finishes in Paris Champs Elysées after 21 stages.
The route features, in the first week, the north-west coast of France, at Normandy and Hauts-de-France, and then the central west area of France, briefly approaching Massif Central. The second week focuses on the Pyrinées, and the final one in the Alps.

There are 8 French regions involved: Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitaine, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and île-de-France. Three stages are dedicated to Eddy Merckx: stages 9, 17 and 20.

Rest days are placed after stage 9 (Bordeaux) and after stage 15 (Montpellier-Nîmes).

Detailed routes and profiles are exposed in the Spoiler
Stage 1 - Bruxelles (Atomium) - Bruxelles (Atomium)
Bruxelles (Atomium) > Bruxelles (Atomium): 22.68 Km Team time trial

The first stage of this Tour de France is a mostly flat TTT. It has a short lenght for being a Team Time Trial as it's only the first stage but it will sure make gaps between the favourites for the GC. Strong teams will take advantage of the route, flying and trying to get the maximum amount of time for their leaders.

The route crosses the main monuments of Brussels: Parc Élisabeth, the city centre and famous Grand Place, and the European Parliament. Finally, the stage will start and finish just in front of the Atomium.


Stage 2 - Bruxelles (Chateau de Laeken) - Bruxelles (Palais Royal)
Bruxelles (Chateau de Laeken) > Bruxelles (Palais Royal): 139.39 Km Plain

The second stage will probably become a mass sprint in front of the Royal Palace of Brussels. The route surrounds the city of Brussels, crossing the nearest towns and villages. The stage is not fully plain, as small hils are placed making the stage wavy. Although this the sprint is almost inevitable. The final kilometre is slightly upwards, which could encourage some outsider to try to outsprint the usual riders.


Stage 3 - Gent - Boulogne-sur-Mer
Gent > Boulogne-sur-Mer: 211.67 Km Medium Mountain

The third stage leaves finally Belgium to reach France at Nord-Pas de Calais region, going forward to the coast, near of which the stage will finish, in the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. With a taste of classic.

210 km of route will cross a mainly flat territory -with the exception of Mount Cassel at half-stage, just after crossing the border with France-, but with a tricky ending, featuring five short climbs, four of them are categorised and one of them being 3rd category (Mont d'Ecault), a short wall with up to 10% average and whose summit is reached just 7 km before the finish line.

Also, the ending is in a 4th category smooth hill. Good opportunity for puncheurs or restricted sprinters.


Stage 4 - Berck - Fécamp
Berck > Fécamp: 167.08 Km Plain

Mostly flat stage going southwards through the Atlantic coast. The stage starts at Hauts-de-France region and finishes into Normandie. Although it seems a standard sprint stage, the profile is always wavy, with smooth hills going back and forth into sea level. Also the wind will be highly relevant as the whole stage follows the sea coast.


Stage 5 - Deauville - Beaumont-Hague
Deauville > Beaumont-Hague: 224.50 Km Medium Mountain

The fifth stage takes us to the Normandian peninsula from the town of Deauville. Another stage with taste of classic, with more than 220 km of route and a nervous and hilly ending. The first 160 kilometres are mostly flat and again going just near to the Normandian coast, so wind will be really relevant.

Nevertheless, the last 50 kilometres are pretty different. Seven different short climbs will be held, making this stage perfect for puncheurs or late attackers. This time the finish line is not placed in the top of a hill but 3 kilometres after the last climb, which is also the hardest of the journey: 1 kilometre but at more than 10% average slope in the only 3rd category climb of the day. Probably a strong attack at this point could grant the stage, as the last 3 kilometres are really hard to control.


Stage 6 - Coutances - Segré
Coutances > Segré: 187.48 Km Plain

Flat stage without any major difficulties. The route goes southwards, leaving Normandy and entering Pays de la Loire after a brief passage by the inland of Bretagne. The route leaves the coast going into the centre of France, so the wind won't be as relevant anymore. Mass sprint expected at Segré, near Angers.


Stage 7 - Doué-la-Fountaine - Saint-Junien
Doué-la-Fountaine > Saint-Junien: 197.11 Km Plain

Another sprint stage, unless some surprises. The route continues going southward and leaving the coastal area. The route starts in Pays de la Loire, at Doué-la-Fountaine -near Angers-, leaving this region soon to enter Nouvelle Aquitanie, which will host the rest of the stage.

This stage crosses areas of rural central France, approaching Poitiers, the city which hosted a famous battle at year 732. The finishing town of Saint-Junien is near Limoges. The last meters are in a smooth upwards road, so maybe different sprinters could use this opportunity to bright.


Stage 8 - Limoges - Brive-la-Gaillarde
Limoges > Brive-la-Gaillarde: 194.61 Km Medium Mountain

The eight stage presents a wavy profile through the first hills of the Massif Central, at eastern Nouvelle Aquitaine, between the city of Limoges and Brive-le-Gaillard. The route does an U-shap, going eastwards, then southwards and finally westwards towards the finish line.

This journey is fundamentally a breakaway-type day. The sprinters' teams won't chase as the climbs are too hard for the sprinters to overcome, and GC riders won't be involved as the climbs are not so hard. All the first half od the stage will be difficult to control as there isn't a plain meter, and some decent climbs are placed as 3rd category Côte de Mazet at 55 km from the beginning and 2nd category Suc au May at km 117.

Last 60 kilometres has the main points of the race: three 3rd category climbs, the first two of them short but quite steep and the third and final one long and smooth. After its summit, 24 kilometres are staying until the finish line, but only the last 8 are flat, so chasing will be difficult.

There will be probably some attacks and several groups of puncheurs will be formed in this last sector of the race.


Stage 9 - Bourdeaux - Bourdeaux (Eddy Merckx hommage)
Bourdeaux > Bourdeaux: 38.55 Km Individual Time Trial

The final stage of the first week, just before the rest journey, is a new time trial. This time, through the streets of Bourdeaux, the race honors for the first time the figure of Eddy Merckx, who won two time-trials in the same city.

The time-trial will be fast, completely flat and good time-trialists will fly, increasing their advantage against climbers, which will have to force themselves to attack at the mountains.


Stage 10 - Bourdeaux - Bayonne
Bourdeaux > Bayonne: 185.33 Km Plain

Flat stage after the rest day. The route follows the Atlantic coast southwards, crossing the Landes de Gascogne from the city of Bourdeaux. The end of the stage is placed in Bayonne, at the French Basque Country, in the south border and near to Spain. Only the wind could make some surprises in a stage probably condemned to the sprint.


Stage 11 - Anglet - Tardets-Sorholus
Anglet > Tardets-Sorholus: 132.76 Km High mountain

Finally, the mountains are here! Stage 11 is a monter stage in the Navarrese pyrenees, featuring two big climbs: Esqueta (first HC of the race), placed 60 kilometres to the finish line, and Landerre, whose summit is reached 20 kilometres before the end. After it, a long descent and 4 flat kilometres until the finish line in the little town of Tardets-Sorholus.

First day for GC contenders, who will have to make a choice: attack from far at Esqueta, wait for the last climb, try to make the difference in the descent... Many tactical approaches are possible, and the breakaway will be fought from the first instant of the stage.


Stage 12 - Oloron-Sainte-Marie - Saint-Gaudens
Oloron-Sainte-Marie > Saint-Gaudens: 182.62 Km Medium Mountain

Transition stage avoiding Central Pyrennes to go fastly to the West towards the final Pyrenees stages. The route leaves Nouvelle Aquitanie, the region which has hosted the last several stage, and enters Occitanie. Although there are no great climbs, the route is wavy and probably sprinters' teams won't chase the breakaway. So, it's the perfect day for a big breakaway: wavy, with constant ups and downs and with a race difficult to control.

Maybe, if the tactical game works and teams are allowed to place teammates in the breakaway, moves could be done in the 2nd category climb, almost 40 kilometres to the finish line. Also, the final 20 kilometres do feature three small hills, in which some riders could attack for the stage win or taking some seconds into the GC.


Stage 13 - Saint-Girons - Plateau de Beille
Saint-Girons > Plateau de Beille: 150.17 Km High mountain

Monster stage with 7 climbs, three of which are 1st category or HC. The mythical Plateau de Beille will host the first summit finish of this Tour. A stage almost impossible to control, with many scenarios to make large breakaways and all the odds to make the peloton with enough fatigue to the last climb to be completely broken in small groups. The climbers that would have lose much time in the time trial will have to try from far, probably using the 2nd category climb and flying in the descent.


Stage 14 - Ax-les-Thermes - Maureillas-las-Illas
Ax-les-Thermes > Maureillas-las-Illas: 208.66 Km High mountain

The last stage of the Pyrenées is placed in the Eastern area, next to the mediterranean coast, in a region which is not frequently visited by the Tour of France. The stage starts in Ax-les-Thermes, just in the foothills of Port de Pailhéres, and goes forward to the south, and after this, to the east. The route approaches Andorra and Spain, but it doesn't crosses the border in any moment.

This stage is very different to the mountain stage featured so far: this time the climbs are really long and smooth. Also, the stage is really long -209 km- in front of the short and explosive two precedent mountain stages. This time, the stage will be about resistance.


Stage 15 - Perpignan - Montpellier
Perpignan > Montpellier: 160.21 Km Plain

The second week closes with a flat stage following the Mediterranean coast between the city of Perpignan and Montpellier. Last opportunity for the sprinters before Paris.


Stage 16 - Nîmes - Mont Ventoux
Nîmes > Mont Ventoux: 191.70 Km High mountain

The first stage after the resto journey starts the path towards the Alps starting with a mythical climb: Mont Ventoux. A somewhat long journey -191 km-, whose final 120 km feature some difficulties: the last 20 km are reserved for the last climb and the previous 100 show a wavy area with some long, smooth climbs (as the Chalet Reynard, for example) and other short and steep walls (Mur de Monieux) which will for sure harden the race, making the fatigue more present in the last kilometres.

Another decsive journey, where the yellow jersey will be defining even more and more.


Stage 17 - Sisteron - Briançon (Eddy Merckx hommage)
Sisteron > Briançon: 196.75 Km High mountain

The 17th stage of this Tour tributes again Eddy Merckx with a route with a taste of that old long stages with large climbs. The two main protagonists of the journey will be Col de Vars and Izoard, both of them above 2000m high. After a wavy first part, the last 100 kilometres will be completely covered by this two monsters. The final descent to Briançon will be also highly relevant. Briançon is a city where Merckx won one stage, and another stage whose depart was placed at.


Stage 18 - Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne - Chambéry
Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne > Chambéry: 148.63 Km High mountain

The third mountain stage of the Alps is a short, explosive stage with four 1st category (or HC) climbs almost linked, without any rest between them. The Mont du Chat, whose summit is placed at 40 km to the end, and with another 1st category climb waiting, will be for sure a place to attack early.

Instead of the long and smooth climbs of the previous journey, this time the ascents are shorter but with great slopes.


Stage 19 - Aix-les-Bains - Saint-Paul-en-Chablais
Aix-les-Bains > Saint-Paul-en-Chablais: 216.17 Km High mountain

Long and plenty of climbs, the last mountain stage is perfect for those which have lose so much time to have a chance to change completely the GC. The stage starts at Aix-les-Bains and goes northeastwards, approaching Switzerland but without crossing in at any moment.

The first 60 kilometres are fairly simple, with some false flat going in, but then the high climbs start with the double ascension to Mont Salève (both times 1st category), in which the second climb will feature a 10% average in roughly 7 kilometres - a really hard climb-.

After it, two more important climbs will be held: Col de Cou (60 km to the end) and frightening Col de Corbier (30 to the end with maximum slopes above 11%). The final climb is not long (less than 5 kilometres), but with an average slope of 8,4% and a maximum 19,2% at its final part, makes itself a real wall.

This means the favourites will have various places to attack in: from the early attack at Col de Cou, to the mid-ranged one in Corbier and the final strike at the climb towards Saint-Paul, in whose slopes high differences can come in.


Stage 20 - Divonne-les-Bains - Divonne-les-Bains (Eddy Merckx hommage)
Divonne-les-Bains > Divonne-les-Bains: 24.64 Km Individual Time Trial

The last decisive stage of this Tour de France is an individual time-trial held at Divonne-les-Bains. This is the third and final Eddy Merckx memorial stage, as the belgian champion won twice at this town: once at TT and other one in a line stage.

The route is slightly different to the other two time-trials: this time it's not that long -only 25 kilometres in front of the 40-kilometre-long Bourdeaux one), but it's not entirely flat as it features a portion of Col de la Faucille (the first kilometres) and after it a wavy area with a smooth ascent and a long-smooth descent towards the finish line.

The climbs and descent are not very hard but smooth indeed, but in a time trial and at this point of the race big gaps can be made, and there is no more terrain to change anything as the next day the riders will be finally in Paris.


Stage 21 - Montreuil - Paris-Champs-Elysees
Montreuil > Paris-Champs-Elysees: 121.17 Km Plain

Last stage is the usual walk by Paris, flat sprint where the champion will celebrate the victory!


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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Presentation has been updated !

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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My second participation in TDF contest. See the route here: maps/tours/view/12106

TDF dedicated to the 50th anniversary of victory of Eddy Merckx in TDF 1969.
TDF will visit six mountain ranges: Ardennes in stage 3, Massif Central in stages 7-9, Pyrenees in stages 11-12, Alps in stages 15-17, Jura in stage 18 and Vosges in stage 20.
Expected sprints are in stages 2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 19, 21 (there are no two or more consecutive sprint stages).
ITTs will be held in stage 1 and 14, TTT in stage 5.
TDF will have 7 flat stages, 7 mountain stages with 5 MTF, 4 medium mountain stages with 1 uphill finish, 2 ITT, 1 TTT.
References to Eddy Merckx will be made at finishes of stages 5, 10, 15 (Orléans, Auch, Digne-les-Bains) as well as in stages 11, 18, 20 when peloton will pass through Mourenx, Aix-les-Bains and Ballon d'Alsace.

Stage 1. Bruxelles > Bruxelles - Chateau de Laeken. ITT
TDF kicks off with 13.5km flat ITT in streets of Brussels. First test for GC contenders.

Stage 2. Bruxelles - Palais > Bruxelles - Atomium. Flat
First road stage will be a loop around Brussels and is designed for sprinters to win.

Stage 3. Wanze > Charleville-Mézières. Hilly
Hilly stage with nine categorized climbs that will go through Belgian and French part of Ardennes. The main difficulty will be very steep 2nd category Mont Malgré-Tout followed by 3rd category Col du Loup 14.5km before finish. Unpredictable stage that will be likely contested by breakaway or selected group of favourites.

Stage 4. Reims > Montargis. Flat
In stage 4 riders will have their first 200km+ stage. It is designed for sprinters to win.

Stage 5. Olivet > Orléans. TTT
Stage 5 will be flat 28km TTT in Orléans where Eddy Merckx won in 1974.

Stage 6. Orléans > Saint-Amand-Montrond. Flat
After TTT riders will have another stage for sprinters, this time without any categorized climbs. Last stage before Massif Central.

Stage 7. Montluçon > Clermont-Ferrand - Panoramique des Dômes. Hilly
First day in Massif Central will be a hilly affair without almost any flat sections and will mark the return to Clermont-Ferrand to the Tour for the first time since 1988. Since mountaintop finish at Puy de Dôme is no longer possible the peloton will end the stage at Panoramique des Dômes, railway track that allows access to the top of the Puy de Dôme. Panoramique des Dômes is not as epic as Puy de Dome but good enough (9km - 5.7%) for early GC test.

Stage 8. Clermont-Ferrand > Chalmazel-Jeansagnière. High mountain
Second stage in Massif Central will be more difficult providing mix of second and first category climbs. Day's major difficuly, Col du Béal (13.7km - 6.5%), will be just 8.5km before finish and is expected to make selection among GC contenders. Chalmazel-Jeansagnière ski station will make TDF debut.

Stage 9. Ambert > Aurillac. Medium mountain
Last day in Massif Central will have five second and two third category climbs, including previously used Pas de Peyrol and Col du Perthus. Stage designed for breakaway to win with potential GC action as the final climb, Côte de Saint-Simon (1.7km - 9.1%), is located just 6.5km before finish. Bastille day stage followed by the rest day.

Rest day. Aurillac/Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Stage 10. Villefranche-de-Rouergue > Auch. Flat
After rest day riders will have flat stage for sprinters ending in Auch where Eddy Merckx won in 1975. It was Eddy’s last stage win in Tour.

Stage 11. Aire-sur-l'Adour > Hautacam. High mountain
The start of the "real" race as the Tour enters the Pyrenees. After 120km of flat terrain the riders will start climbing the legendary Aubisque climb followed by the very steep Col de Spandelles, new to Tour. Final ascent will be to Hautacam ski station, a proper HC climb. After 62km of racing riders will pass through Mourenx where Eddy Merckx won in 1969.

Stage 12. Lannemezan > Guzet-Neige. High mountain
Second Pyrenees' stage will be the shortest road stage of the Tour. However, it will be far from being easy as the riders will climb three 1st category climbs and one 2nd category climb. For a second day in a row riders will face MTF, this time Guzet-Neige ski station who will make the return to Tour for the first time since 1995.

Stage 13. Limoux > La Grande-Motte. Flat
Flat transitional stage between Alps and Pyrenees with Mont-Saint-Clair 50km before finish. Sprinters should win it.

Stage 14. Nîmes > Arles. Flat
Stage 14 will be 40km ITT between Nîmes and Arles. ITT is put on Tour's menu before Alpine stages to encourage climbers to attack in subsequent mountain stages.

Stage 15. Salon-de-Provence > Digne-les-Bains. Medium mountain
Arrival in Alps, medium mountain stage with 2nd cat. climb 15.5km before finish. Last day before rest day. Eddy Mercx won in Digne-les-Bains in 1969.

Rest day. Digne-les-Bains/Sisteron

Stage 16. Sisteron > Les Deux Alpes. High mountain
After rest day peloton will continue its ride through Alps as riders will be brought to Les Deux Alpes ski station where Marco Pantani won in 1998. This time riders will not go over Col du Galibier but will do a mix of 1st and 2nd category climbs instead.

Stage 17. Mont-de-Lans > Val Thorens. High mountain
After summit finish in Les Deux Alpes riders will face queen stage of the Tour with legendary Col du Galibier and Col de la Madeleine followed by high altitude summit finish at Val Thorens ski station. All three climbs are long and brutal. Stage is designed to test the limits of GC contenders.

Stage 18. Albertville > Culoz. High mountain
After Alps peloton will briefly visit Jura mountains to face Col de la Biche and Col du Grand Colombier combo just 18km before finish. Road to Culoz will be all about steep gradients. After 63km riders will pass through Aix-les-Bains where Eddy Merckx won in 1974.

Stage 19. Bourg-en-Bresse > Baume-les-Dames. Flat
Stage 19 will be a transitional stage between Jura and Vosges offering a chance for sprinters to claim win in Baume-les-Dames.

Stage 20. Belfort > La Planche des Belles Filles. High mountain
Stage 20 will go through Vosges Mountains and will be the last test for GC contenders. Peloton will face five 1st cat. climbs and mix of smaller climbs, including finish at La Planche des Belles Filles ski station. Usually La Planche des Belles Filles is used early in the race but after three weeks of racing its 20% sections will be a brutal test. It will be the longest stage of the Tour. Just before La Planche des Belles Filles riders will pass through Ballon d'Alsace where Eddy Merckx claimed his first ever TDF stage win in 1969.
La Planche des Belles Filles is located in 40km distance from TGV station.

Stage 21. Compiègne > Paris Champs-Élysées. Flat
Traditional sprint in Paris.

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Tour de France 2019 - by Coliandro. Bestiale

This is my course for Tour de France 2019. I have kept 3 stages the same as they will be in real Tour this year (stages 1 and 2 are the same, stage to Val Thorens is kept the same but moved earlier in the tour). As this Tour is dedicated to Merckx 3 stages are dedicated to him (5, 16, 21).
This Tour is designed in a way that gives equal opportunity for victory to mountain goats with very hard mountain stages and allrounders or strong time trialists that don't lose too much time in the mountains because they can bring it back in long TTs. This will encourage climbers to attack and get an advantage before the last ITT so we can look forward to exciting mountain stages and nail-biting TT to see who comes out on top. It also includes a mountain ITT which is rarely seen these days.


Total distance: 3351.75 km
High mountain stages: 7
Medium mountain stages: 6
Flat stages: 5
Team time trial: 1
Individual time trial: 2
TTT distance: 29.59 km
ITT distance: 74.53 km
Mountain top finishes: 5
Hill top finishes: 1
KOM: 58
4th cat: 13
3rd cat: 11
2nd cat: 11
1st cat: 12
HC: 11

Stage 1 - Bruxelles > Bruxelles - Chateau de Laeken
Flat, 194.73 km, 1518 m
Probably a bunch sprint stage, but Belgian countryside and few cobbled sectors will keep GC guys on their toes from the first stage to bring it safely to the finish.

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Stage 2 - Bruxelles - Palais > Bruxelles - Atomium
TTT, 29.59 km, 235 m
First stage to test the teams and see whose team is perhaps lacking the strength to support their contender for three weeks

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Stage 3 - Chimay > Verdun
Flat, 198.18 km, 1951 m
Another sprinters stage with no real climbs but up and down all day with almost 2000m of climbing by the end of the day so we can see who still has some serious power in the legs at the end of the day.
A bit of trivia for generally »boring« flat stage: Stage starts near monastery where trapist monks started to brew Chimay beer. It ends in Verdun, that was the location of one of biggest battles in World war I.


Stage 4 - Verdun > Malzéville (Nancy)
Medium mountain, 210.42 km, 2894 m
Long stage with 8 categorized climbs and a short uphill finish. A stage for the breakaway if the guys in the peloton gives them too much time. Riders hunting points will try to go in the break and have to stay out most of the stage. In any case it is the first stage that will test the GC guys' legs a little with that punchy uphill finish to the airport above the city.

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Stage 5 - Nancy > Ballon d'Alsace
High mountain, 215.57 km, 4153 m
First mountain stage to test the overall contenders with the mountain top finish on Ballon d'Alsace where Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France stage. Not too hard, but a first taste of what is to come.

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Stage 6 - Vesoul > Dijon
Medium mountain, 207.03 km, 2390m
Almost flat first two thirds of the stage and points being awarded twice before stage hits more hilly terrain can make it hard for the break to establish but a smaller group might form in latter part of the stage and stay away to the finish. If the sprint teams will keep the pace at the front there can be a bunch sprint at the end as the climbs are not too hard.

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Stage 7 - Albertville > Val Thorens
High mountain, 130.36 km, 4582 m
The same course as real 2019 Tour stage but moved much earlier in the race.
Short and explosive stage and an opportunity for GC riders to gain time. With 33.8 km the climb to the finish offers a lot of chances for attacks and a strong climber with good legs could make a lot of damage here. But it is still only end of week 1 so guys must be careful not to spend all the energy so early in the race.

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Stage 8 - Val d'Iser > Guillestre
High mountain, 211.03 km, 5005 m
Very hard stage with over 5000 m of climbing and 3 HC climbs and a cat 1. It starts climbing right from the start and tackles the three giants in the same stage: Col de l'Iseran, Col du Galibier (over Col du Telégraphe) and Col d'Izoard. Attacks will probably come on the Izoard with riders wanting bonus seconds at the top and also trying to make enough of a difference to stay away on a long descend to the finish line.

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Stage 9 - Gap > Col de Turini
High mountain, 214.38 km, 5675 m
Probably the queen stage of the Alps with 5675 m of climbing and reaching the highest point of the Tour on Col de la Bonette. Another one for the GC battle, some might try with more long-range attack on Col Saint Martin or it will come down to Col de Turini that is rarely used for bike races but hosts Monte Carlo rally stage every year. Riders will be tired from last few stages but there is rest day coming up so it might bring an explosive finale.

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Stage 10 - Nice > Marseille
Flat, 238.82 km, 2409 m
A flat but long stage after the rest day to bring the riders up to speed again. First part along the coast so GC teams must be careful not to lose ground and have to chase if it is windy and echelons form. Two short climbs before the finish are an opportunity for punchy riders to attack and go for the stage glory otherwise the stage will end with a bunch sprint.

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Stage 11 - Avignon > Mont Ventoux
High mountain, 67.74 km, 2065 m
The shortest stage of the Tour (excluding TTs) and a farewell to Alps. Almost flat first 45 km and then a drag race to the top. Strong teams that can sacrifice riders have an advantage here but climbers with good legs can attack and make a difference. Guarantied to be an exciting stage.

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Stage 12 - Alès > Millau
Medium mountain, 173.56 km, 3093 m
A day for the breakaway in the Massif Central. The stage is not too long so if the group is strong and they work well together they can go the distance.

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Stage 13 - Millau > Castres
Medium mountain, 175.99 km, 2630 m
Another stage in Massif Central and another for the breakaway artists to show their magic. If they can make enough of a difference over middle part of the stage, they can keep the peloton away to the finish.

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Stage 14 - Prades > Les Monts d'Olmes
High mountain, 162.53 km, 5237 m
First day in the Pyrenees. A shorter stage with a lot of climbing and a mountain top finish, super important for the overall contenders but there are still hard stages to come so don’t go all out yet.

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Stage 15 - Foix > Saint-Gaudens
Medium mountain, 179.16 km, 3863 m
Another possibility for breakaway if they are good enough climbers and can keep the peloton away in the middle flat part. If they are caught, we could see a sprint at the end, but the first part is probably too hard for the sprinters to keep up if the pace is high.

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Stage 16 - Bagnères-de-Luchon > Mourenx
High mountain, 215.76 km, 5492 m
Last true mountain stage and one of the last opportunities for the climbers to go crazy and make a big difference before the final week. This stage is almost the same as was the epic stage 17 of 1969 Tour the France and where Eddy Merckx showed total dominance and guarantied his overall victory with a stage win and almost 8-minute gap to the group of pursuers behind. It includes Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque among others so a true queen stage of the Pyrenees. But there is also a catch. Guys that will attack on the last climb of the day - Col d'Aubisque, must keep in mind that there is still more than 70km to the finish after they go over it so the finish can favor a rider that can time trial to the finish after the attack or a group of riders that will work well together and try to distance the rivals.

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REST DAY – Lourdes

Stage 17 - Luz-Saint-Sauveur > Luz Ardiden
Mountain ITT, 14.64 km, 1075 m
The true mountain stages are over, but a day after the rest day here comes another serious test for the riders – a mountain time trial to Luz Ardiden. With its 25 hairpins and steep gradients it will be contested by climbers that can sustain steady effort all the way to the top.

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Stage 18 - Lourdes > Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Medium mountain, 137.44 km, 3200 m
Last chance for the breakaway to try and win a stage. Course allows it but the last climb (Col de Labays) might be contested by riders in contention for the overall win that have to get big enough lead before the last long ITT. A short stage that can get very explosive indeed.

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Stage 19 - Mont-de-Marsan > Bordeaux
Flat, 175.69 km, 561 m
A completely flat stage for the sprinters. GC guys must still have a strong team around them on very exposed course, in case of crosswinds and echelons forming not to lose big chunks of time.

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Stage 20 - Tours > Le Mans
Flat, 139.24 km, 978 m
Last stage before the final ITT and last chance for sprinter glory. Short stage with quite technical approach to the finish with series of roundabouts and quite narrow finish in the historic center of Le Mans. Before the finish riders will do almost full lap of Circuit de la Sarthe, public roads that are used for one of the biggest motorsport events in the world - 24 Heures du Mans.
After the stage there is a short 1h transfer to Paris with TGV.

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Stage 21 - Versailles > Paris
ITT, 59.89 km, 562m
It has come down to this: a final 60 km time trial from Versailles to Paris. Eddy Merckx has won a Paris time trial 3 times, two of these on a course from Versailles to Paris.
If it is a climber leading the race at this point, he will hope he had made enough of the lead in the mountains to keep the time trialist away. But the time trial is long and flat so the big powerhouses can make up a lot of time. On the other hand, everybody is tired at this point so it might affect the specialist enough to crown a climber. We don’t know, everything is still open.
The course starts in front of Château de Versailles, makes a small loop around southern part of Paris city center and continues on Champs-Élysées where it makes a turn around Porte Maillot and makes another pass in other direction before the finish just after Arc de Triomphe.

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Tor de France 2019.
3184 kilometers. 56 km of individual time trial divide into 3 stages. 6 high mountain stages including 3 mountain finishes, 2 flat after descend and 1 "murstyle". Enjoy!
Prologue: Bruxelles - Bruxelles 5 km (ITT)

Anybody miss prologues? I'm afraid there is not so popular but do we now who is actually the best speciallist in short time trials? Yellow jersey should be good invitation for candidates to this title. There is 500 meters of city cobbles in the middle but it shouldn't have very big impact.

Stage 1: Bruxelles - Bruxelles 144 km

After prologue some sprinters also should have chance to fight for leadership thanks to bonuses. On the stage we have obligatory first "mountain", fourth category of course. Eariler route goes through Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where Eddy Mercx grow up and Meensek-Kiezegem when he was born - that's place of first intermediate sprint in tour.

Stage 2: Charleroi - Charleville-Meziers 197 km

This day will be a little bit harder but it still seems to be type some kind of bunch sprint. But maybe from smaller group? Some turn on last kilometers also can provoke some unespected ending. Guys from the top of GC after prologue can try solo attack on last kilometer. Surely few guys will be interested to be in the attack of the day and catch KOM classifications points.

Stage 3: Sedan - Troyes 190 km

Well, those type of stage had to be present on TdF. So here we are.

Stage 4: Saint-Florentin - Autun 215 km

The longest stage. Categorized climbs shouldn't be crucial but uphill in Autun surely will be decidive. Day for breakaway? Maybe yes, maybe not.

Stage 5: Monceau-les-Mines - Auzances 210 Km
Another theoretically flat stage which should give many emotions. We have 4% uphill at last kilometer and many up and down parts earlier on the stage. Punchers would approve this stage.

Stage 6: Limoges - Isle 182 km
In 1970 Eddy Mercx won 7 stages. FIrst of them, prologue, was on route Limoges-Limoges. This day again we going around Liomges with start in city centre and finish in suburb Isle. We have over 10% less than kilometer before finish line, so it surely will be interesting ending of the day.

Stage 7: Chabonaias - La Rochelle 169 km
Pure sprinters day. Shots of La Rochelle from helicopter could be one of the most interesitng moments.

Stage 8: Les Sables-d'Olonne - Les Sables-d'Olonne 31 km (ITT)
Flat and probably windy ITT. Stage for pure specialists in lone ride. Also chance for yellow jersey for them - differences before stage could be not so big. Of course first important day for GC contenders but not decisive - Bardet and Pinot don't have to worry so much.

Rest day

Stage 9: Rochenfort - Bordeaux 171 km
Time to end avoiding Bordeaux in TdF. It's great big city in TdF should visit it. In 1971 Eddy Mercx on flat stage to Bordeoux increase his advantage in GC over the most important rivals by 3 minutes. Good to remember that he was able to do things like that. In 2019 it shoudn't be possible. Great sprinters in heart of great city - that's scanerio.

Stage 10: La Teste-de-Buch - Villefranque 210 km
Basques love cycling and cycling love Basques. Flat stage with tricky last kilometers wait for cyclist this day. Last day before big mountains.

Stage 11: Bayonne - Arette 206 km
Finally. We finishing in valley so probably it won't be day with the biggest time differences but anyway it's first chance to see who looks good and who not. Western part of Pyrenees don't have so many good roads so the same downhill is used two times.

Stage 12: Oloron-Sainte-Marie - Lourdes-Hautacam: 132 Km
Famous col in the middle and famous mountain finsh. Short but hard day, key stage of Pyrenees part.

Stage 13: Bagneres-de-Bigorre - Saint-Girons 178 km
Breakaway day. Good chance for KOM competitors.

Stage 14: Foix - Les Martys 163 Km
We're leaving Pyrenees and reaching southern parts of Massif Central. Just before finish there is long and very irregural uphill on Côte de Saint Saraillé - maximum 13% bu also almost flat moments. This is last stage before rest day so some actions are possible, probably with gregarios who will wait form breakaway.

Rest day

Stage 15: Valance - Grenoble 131 km
Shortest stage of whole race, excluding TT and Champs Elysees. First look on Alps - at the moment rather from distance but surely competitive stage, even if GC contenders will keep their power from next days.

Stage 16: Chambery - Sallanches 197 km
In Sallanches Eddy Mercx won first world champion title and only as ameteur. This day route will be harder than in 1964. Almost 200 km practically without flat moment. Thera is no very long mountains but denivel will be remembered in legs.

Stage 17: Albertville - Albertville 20 km (ITT)
Hilly time trial. For TT spiecialtsts? For GC contenders? We will see.

Stage 18: Albertville - l'Alpe d'Huez 184 km
Huge day in Alps. Maddelaine, Galiber and l'Alpe d'Huez. Delicious.

Stage 19: Le Bourg d'Oisans - Super-Devoluy: 142 Km
After day of classic mountains, day of TdF debuts. Col de Parquetiot with 10% on 6,7 km in first part of stage and finish on Super-Devoluy aftere better known Noyer.

Stage 20: Creteil - Paris
On the route Creteil to Paris Eddy Mercx won ITT and whole tour in 1969. This time it will be classic flat cycle parade on Champs Elysees with mass sprint of survivers.

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Tour de France 2019 by Anderson

Hi everyone,
my name is Anderson and this is my Tour de France.


Stage 1
Brussels - Palais > Brussels - Atomium


The first stage is a Team Time Trial. I shortened it to give GC contenders from weaker teams a better chance. Sprinters who don't lose more than 10 seconds can win the Yellow Jersey tomorrow.

Stage 2
Brussels > Brussels - Chateau de Laeken


Route almost like the original, but I included Petit-Enghien where Eddy Merckx won his first race as an amateur in 1961. Route also goes through Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where Merckx grew up. Favourites for the stage win are strong sprinters like Sagan, Matthews and Ewan.

Stage 3
Charleroi > Charleville-Mézières


Start in Charleroi, route follows Maas / Meuse valley from Namur and enters France. Last 60km in very hilly terrain of Département Ardennes. Côte de Neufmanil (with first bonus sprint) invites attacks for puncheurs. Finish in Charleville-Mézières which hosted the TDF only once since 1969. Mountain Jersey fight between breakaway riders!

Stage 4
Charleville-Mézières > Disneyland Paris


The second longest stage brings the peloton near Paris. Last 70km with some minor hills, but first opportunity for a classic sprinter's win.

Stage 5
Fontainebleau > Amboise


A stage with no topographical difficulties. Peloton will pass beautiful castles in Fontainebleau and Chambord. Probably another sprinter's win in debut town of Amboise in Loire valley.

Stage 6
Amboise > Nevers


Yet another stage where the sprinters win imortant points for the Green Jersey classification. There are not many opportunities for them in the following!

Stage 7
Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier > Clermont-Ferrand


The first test for the GC contenders! Clermont-Ferrand hasn't been visited by the TDF since 1988 and is now the central point of the Massif Central stages. Peloton will climb Cat.1 Col de Ceyssat right next to famous Puy de Dôme and Col de la Moréno (with bonus). Stage win will be decided in very tricky descent, Yellow Jersey change is likely. Good downhill GC riders might risk an early attack!

Stage 8
Clermont-Ferrand > Station de Mont-Dore


Tricky stage with almost 3000m of climbing and 5 categorized climbs, of which 4 in the last 50km. Finish on a never visited place on the slopes of Puy de Sancy. First gaps between GC contenders expected. Stage win will be decided between strong breakaway riders and reduced peloton. Again riders can collect many points for the Mountain Jersey classification!

Stage 9
Tulle > Cahors


It's National Day in France so the French teams and riders will be aminated to win this stage in Département Lot. Hilly route throughout the stage. Peloton will pass Rocamadour with Citadelle de la Foi as one of the most frequently visited touristical places in France. Nervous finish with Côte de Lacapelle only 3.5km away from the finish line. Favourites are puncheurs and good downhill riders. Rest day tomorrow!

Rest day - Transfer to Bordeaux

Stage 10
Bordeaux > Bayonne


The first stage after the first rest day. 218km on completely flat terrain, but there's a big risk of wind echelons because the peloton rides all along the Atlantic coast. Peloton will pass Arcachon and Dune du Pilat. Sprinter's win in Bayonne expected.

Stage 11
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port > Oloron-Sainte-Marie


The TDF reaches the Pyrenees! I wanted to include steep mountains in the Basque Region, so the route passes Col de Burdincurutcheta and Port de Larrau. After 50km in Spanish territory and Col de La Pierre-Saint-Martin we will have a downhill finish in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Sprint of a small breakaway group expected.

Stage 12
Pau > Hautacam


Queen stage time : Hautacam is the place for the first big mountain top finish! After a stage with 4400 vertical meters and 2 HC climbs as well as 2 Cat.1 climbs we will have a good impression which riders are capable of winning TDF. Peloton passes Mourenx with Eddy Mercky Vélodrome. Bonus sprint on Col de Spandelles which has very narrow roads and a tricky and bendy descent. A lot of Mountain points up for grabs!

Stage 13
Bagnères-de-Luchon > Station de Superbagnères


For the first time since 2004 we have a classic Mountain Time Trial. Superbagnères hasn't been part of TDF since 1989. Eddy Merckx defended his Yellow Jersey in 1971 here. Climb offers small climbers (Quintana, Bernal) as well as Time Trial experts (Dumoulin, Froome) the same chances!

Stage 14
Saint-Girons > Perpignan


The longest stage of this year's TDF (231km) brings the peloton out of the Pyrenees to Perpignan. But don't underestimate it because riders need to climb Port de Pailhères (HC) and Col de Jau (Cat.1) first. So still 3500 vertical meters on the menu today. High chances of a breakaway win because GC contenders have to recover from the last 2 hard days.

Stage 15
Narbonne > Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer


It's not that likely that a sprinter wins todays stage because there are many difficulties : Cat.3 Mont Saint Clair following the 12km gravel road segment of La Gardiole. Last 40km lie in the Rhône delta so there's a high risk of wind echelons. Riders will be happy to recover in the second rest day tomorrow after a hard and diversified second week!

Rest day

Stage 16
Pertuis > Gap


Not an easy day after the rest : Riders need to climb Cat.1 Signal de Lure which could cause problems to a lot of riders. Final kms identical to original route to Gap.

Stage 17
La Mure > Col de Porte


First hard Alps stage in the Chartreuse National Park north of Grenoble : riders have to climb new Col de Porte twice, in between Cat.2 Col du Coq and tricky descent. Perfect conditions for big GC attacks! Again a bunch of Mountain points to collect. GC contenders have a rest tomorrow so probably more animated to attack. Only 132km so low time limit in the end!

Stage 18
Grenoble > La Tour-du-Pin


The last sprinter's stage this year so here the Green Jersey will be decided! But a breakaway win is not impossibe because it's very late in the race and the teams already wasted a lot of energy. I wanted to give the riders a rather easy terrain to recover for the final three incredibly hard and important days.

Stage 19
Chambéry > Mont Revard


Queen stage of the Alps : Extremely short and demanding route. It covers 4 hard climbs including super-steep Mont du Chat and rarely visited Mont Revard who for the last time hosted a stage finish in 1972 where Eddy Merckx wore the Yellow Jersey. The classement is now sorted but the leader still has 2 hard days in front of him!

Stage 20
Passy > Thonon-les-Bains


Start in Passy where Eddy merckx won his first World Championship title in 1964. The last opportunity to attack on mountain terrain, and the last opportunity to collect mountain points. Demanding finish downhill to Thonon-les-Bains. Afterwards TGV transfer from Geneve to Paris.

Stage 21
Paris - Parc des Princes > Paris - Champs-Élysées


After 1989, the final stage of the TDF finally is an ITT. Because we already had 1 ITT and TTT each, I kept this one rather short with 20km. Time trial experts could still gain up to 1 minute on their opponents. And mamy examples from the past show that there's room for a turnaround on the very last day! The route starts at the Parc des Princes and passes several iconic places in Paris including Tour Eiffel and heavily destructed Cathédrale de Notre-Dame before driving one lap on the Champs-Élysées circuit around the Arc de Triomphe. A worthy finish to a Grand Tour!

Total : 3307 km
Climbs : 39600 vertical meters, 24 times Cat.2, Cat.1 or HC

Result : A Tour which offers many different types of riders a lot of opportunities. A Tour which offers spectators beautiful views on lesser known regions and race tension up to the very last second!

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

Post by mels2309 »

This is my Tour:

1. Bruxelles - Chateau de Laeken (flat)
It's the real stage. The stage doesn't need any changes. There will be a fight between the cobble riders who will wear the mountain jersey at the end of the day and a big fight between the sprinters for the yellow jersey.

2. Bruxelles - Bruxelles (TTT)
The team time trial. Also the real stage. Nothing to add to this.

3. Tervuren - Ans (hilly)
After Bruxelles, we are gonna honour Eddy Merckx in his home town. Starting in Tervuren, going towards Liege. 5 categorised climbs and the last 7 kilometers are the same as the Liege-Bastogne-Liege editions up to 2018. We're gonna see the Côte de Seraing again, the final climb of the second stage of the 2012 Tour de France. The pure sprinters will be dropped, it's a stage for the punchers.

4. Ciney - Saint Quentin (flat)
Back in France, there should be another opportunity for the sprinters. Nevertheless, its almost never flat in this stage. Its up and down the whole time. Finish straight is a little bit uphill. Normally, the sprinters will take the victory.

5. Saint-Quentin - Châlons-en-Champagne (flat)
We're riding towards Châlons-en-Champagne, also known as Chalons-sur-Marne. It's where Eddy Merckx won his 26th stage win in the Tour de France, that made him the new record holder of stage wins in the Tour de France. Passing André Leducq, who had 25 stage wins. It's another stage for the sprinters, with a 950 meters final straight towards the finish line.

6. Châlons-en-Champagne - Tonnerre (hilly)
After two stages for the sprinters, it's time to climb a little bit. Some small parts in the final 20 kilometers can be invite the attackers to have a go. Final 2,1 kilometer climb is not the hardest one, you can compare it with the final towards Longwy back in 2017. When the attackers doesn't succeed. It's probably a puncheur who will take the victory on the wide roads towards the finish.

7. Auxerre - Saint-Amand-Montrond (flat)
The last sprinting opportunty before the roads will kick up. We are going to almost every direction in the 100 kilometers. If the wind is blowing, combined with the open and wide roads, the peloton will be split in several groups. If not, the sprinters will go for the win.

8. Saint-Amand-Montrond - Super Besse (hilly)
The first time we will see the GC guys at the front as we go towards Super Besse. The last 1,5k has a gradient of 10 percent and will definitely challenge the climbers.

9. Limoges - Limoges (ITT)
The only individual time trial of this Tour. It's a hilly time trial in Limoges. It's an honour to Eddy Merckx who won the Limoges time trial back in 1970.

10. Pau - Luz Ardiden (mountain)
First day in the mountains. It's a short stage and a mountain top finish. It's all gonna happen on the Luz Ardiden climb. With 13,5 kilometers to go, every climber still thinks that he can win the Tour de France. However, at the top of the climb, we will see who are really going to challenge for the yellow jersey.

11. Lourdes - Val Louron (mountain)
The second day in the Pyrenees, much harder than the stage before. But, no HC climbs in this stage. The start is hilly, so we're gonna see a battle for the breakaway. Because of yesterdays stage and all thats still ahead, the breakaway probably will make it. Still, there's a hard climb in the final, 5,5k with a gradient of 8,4%, before it flats out towards the line. The final climb towards Val Louron is comparable with La Planche des Belles Filles.

12. Lannemezan - Castres (flat)
After to mountain stages, it's time for the sprinters again as we go towards Castres. We're gonna celebrate the opening of the Place Soult with a stage finish next to the square.

13. Mazamet - Perpignan (hilly)
This stage is made for the breakaway. The climbs aren't that hard so a lot of riders will think that they can win this stage. The final 35 kilometers are flat towards Perpignan.

14. Gruissan - Nîmes (flat)
The last opportunity for the sprinters before Paris. We're gonna ride next to the Mediterranean sea for a long part of the stage. If the winds blows, it will cause some problems.

15. Avignon - Le Castellet (hilly)
I wanted to make stages where there is a battle for the stage with the breakaway, but also that it is a interesting stage for the GC contenders. Stages 15 and 16 are an example to that. It is the longest stage of this Tour and one of the hardest. A lot of short steep climbs are awaiting the riders. The Mur d'Evenos will challenge the GC riders. With 12,2% average, the riders will have to do it all on their own. Splits will be made and if you have teammates after the Mur d'Evenos, you can gain a lot of time in the hilly final 20 kilometers. Finish is on the Circuit Paul-Ricard.

16. Toulon - Fayence (hilly)
Another breakaway stage as I said. Important is the final climb. GC contenders will not reach the finish line together with the steep final climb. The GC riders with a punch can gain some time here.

17. Castellane - Superdevoluy (mountain)
The first of the final four mountain stages. Superdevoluy will feature for the first time in the Tour de France. The difference can be made on the Col du Noyer with the steep final few kilometers. After the downhill its only 3,7 towards the line.

18. Gap - Albertville (mountain)
A really hard one. Just the 2nd and the 3rd HC climb of this Tour. The Glandon and Madeleine are immediately after each other, so maybe riders will attack in the Glandon downhill towards the start of the Madeleine. There is a flat part after the Madeleine downhill towards Albertville. Teammates in that part of the race is very important, so teamplay is crucial.

19. Albertville - Courchevel (mountain)
We're gonna pass the 2000 meters today with the brand new Col de la Loze. A beautiful new high Alps paved road. A very long climb, just under 23 kilometers and an average of 7,1%. It's a brutal climb. The downhill is technical and it will bring the riders towards Courchevel Altiport where Valverde won his first Tour de France stage back in 2005.

20. Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Morzine-Avoriaz (mountain)
The hardest stage of this Tour. 6 catogorised climbs, 2 HC and three 1st category climbs. There is a lot of room for riders to try and have a final goin this stage with the climbs so close after each other. You can compare this one to the Vuelta 2015 stage 11 which was a really hard one as well, but shorter.

21. Rambouillet - Paris (flat)
The stage as we all know. Sprinting on the Champs-Elysees.

1 Team Time Trial
1 Individual Time Trial
7 Flat stages
6 Hilly stages
6 mountain stages

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

Post by Xander66 »

Here's my Tour de France for this contest.

Stage-by-stage description in the spoiler.



Stage 1: Bruxelles - Bruxelles

I didn’t change much in the first two stages. This first one just has a moved official start, the ceremonial start will take place in the same spot as in real life, also I flipped the course around. Muur and Bosberg will be moved to the final, just so that classic riders have more chance to pull of something special and maybe drop some sprinters. I decided not to add more cobbles to keep the track safe, more cobbles will create only chaos in the first battle for yellow, and you don’t want to lose GC-contenders on the first day.

Stage 2: Bruxelles - Bruxelles

Exact copy of the real stage. It’s a nice TTT, no need to change this.

Stage 3: Tielt-Winge - Charleville-Mézières

A nice stage in the French Ardennes. Not too many climbs, but those final two hills are close enough to the finish line so punchers might be able to make it to the finish with an attack.
Also, this stage honours Eddy Merckx by starting in Tielt-Winge (Meensel-Kiezegem), the village our champion grew up.

Stage 4: Roubaix - Laon

Since we are celebrating Eddy Merckx’ victory in 1969, you can’t just ignore the route of ’69. That’s why Roubaix, Grand Départ in 1969, also gets to host a start this year. The stage goes to Laon, where a punchy uphill finish will decide today’s winner. The stronger sprinters – the likes of Sagan, Matthews, Van Avermaet – will battle it out here.

Stage 5: Soissons - Troyes

Probably the first stage where a sprint can’t be avoided. No surprises.

Stage 6: Troyes - Montargis

Second flat stage before we go back to some more exciting parts of the Tour.

Stage 7: Orléans - Tours

The profile looks quite messy because of the small hills in the final. But I think the race might be just as messy. This stage could actually go either way: for sure some riders will attack on those uphill sections (I decided to make them all a categorised climb, to trigger even more attacks), but the sprinter-teams might be able to pull everyone back in time so we get a sprint in Tours. Also the bonifications will add some extra excitement.

Stage 8: Poitiers - Limoges

Most likely a stage for the breakaway. I don’t see the sprinters trying to keep it all together here, also keeping in mind that we are reaching the Central Massif where they will need their strength.

Stage 9: Limoges - La Bourboule

First stage in the Central Massif, probably will go to the breakaway as well. But here we might see two battles, breakaway for the stage, GC-contenders for yellow or to gain some time on the others.

Stage 10: Clermont-Ferrand - Super-Besse

Shortest stage of this Tour, but fireworks all the way. Climbs are less difficult than Alps/Pyrenees, so I think the GC-riders will be less afraid of making their legs explode by making an early move. Tomorrow will be a rest day, so that’s another reason you can do something more today.


Stage 11: Revel - Tarbes

I considered this a flat stage, but I’m not sure this will end in a sprint. The final is quite hilly, not too steep or too hard, but never 100% flat, which means the breakaway might have a chance. On the other hand, this is perhaps the only chance for the sprinters in the second week, so they will really need to go for it.
Reference to Eddy Merckx/1969: in Revel (today’s starting point) he won the 15th stage of the Tour in 1969

Stage 12: Bagnères-de-Luchon - Mourenx

There’s only one way to describe this stage: Eddy Merckx. This is an exact copy of the 17th stage of 1969. Eddy Merckx did not only win this stage, he actually humiliated the whole peloton by winning with an 8 minute advantage! A scenario like that today is highly unlikely, but this stage will definitely kill off someone’s chances for yellow.

Stage 13: Saint-Gaudens - Llívia

Flat start, two climbs close to the finish, just a nice, classic mountain stage.
So, about my choice to finish in Llívia I need to say some things. This is actually a Spanish city, so technically I broke the rule of not going out of France. On the other hand, if you take the rule literally – not going OUT of France – and you take a closer look at Llívia’s location, you’ll see that I actually am still inside the French outer borders, since Llívia is a Spanish enclave inside France.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really play by the book here (but didn't break a rule either if you take it literally), but I’m fine with losing some points because of this decision. I just though it was the place with the best infrastructure to host a finish in this region.

Stage 14: Perpignan - Montpellier

White roads, not so much, but they will play a role. Some extra chaos in this part of the race is never a bad thing. Flat tires and maybe some crashes will decide today’s winner.

Stage 15: Nîmes - Arles (ITT)

An ITT before we go to the second rest day and move to the Alps. Also, this is the only ITT of the Tour, so the only chance to gain time on the real climbers.


Stage 16: Digne-les-Bains - Col du Lautaret

Starting point is Digne-les-Bains, where Eddy Merckx won the 11th stage in 1969. We get some smaller climbs along the way, to finish on the (not so hard but incredibly long) Col du Lautaret.

Stage 17: Grenoble - Annecy

A stage between two classic Tour de France cities, but some really nice climbs the riders will have to tackle before they get there. Bonifications on top of the Semnoz before the final descent, so I don’t think the GC-riders will get to the top in one group. Definitely some gaps at the finish line.

Stage 18: Divonne-les-Bains - Champagnole

Breakaway stage, no doubt about that. Large group will get away early, battle it out on the climbs and sprint for victory in the streets of Champagnole.
Eddy Merckx had a stage win in Divonne-les-Bains in 1969 during the 8th stage, so this is another moment to celebrate his first Tour victory of that year.

Stage 19: Pontarlier - Mulhouse

A hilly start of the day, but the last 100km are more or less flat. If the sprinters still have the legs and the teammates, this stage will end in a sprint. Otherwise it will be the same scenario as stage 18.

Stage 20: Mulhouse - Ballon d'Alsace

Last important stage of the Tour de France, and what better way to finish this Tour on the mountain where it all started for Eddy Merckx. Starting in Mulhouse, the riders will have some of the hardest climbs in les Vosges, before have one last climb to Ballon d’Alsace. Also, the stage isn’t too long, so early attacks are definitely an option.

Stage 21: Créteil - Paris-Champs-Élysées

Start will be in Créteil, same as 1969 when Eddy Merckx won the final time trial. But we will get the classic sprint battle on the Champs-Élysées as we see them every year.
Personally, I am waiting for the day the Tour moves to another location to end the final stage. France has enough beautiful cities and beautiful locations to celebrate the final day. If it would’ve been allowed, I for sure would have placed this stage in another city.

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Re: Contest #3 - Tour de France 2019

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Tour de France 2019 by MountainMaster

It's time to present my version of La Grande Boucle. While the first week is very similar to the real 2019 TdF, the second and third week have some improvements to increase the Tour's quality.

Some trivia:
• Total distance: 3313,7km (average 157,8km)
• 6 stages for pure sprinters
• 8 mountain stages (6 of them are MTF)
• 59km of Individual Time Trial (and 28km of Team Time Trial)
• Some stages are a tribute to Eddy Merckx in order to celebrate the 50th years of his first TdF win (Stages 7, 10 and 15, with an extra of a Flandrian stage to celebrate the 50th years of his first De Ronde win)

Link: maps/tours/view/12125



Image [06/07] Etape 1: Brussels > Brussels | 179,0KM | Flat

The 106th edition of Tour de France starts in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. This flat stage will end in front of the Château de Laeken, the official residence of the royal family. The first yellow jersey will probably be a sprinter, while the Clos de Vert Bois will assign the first polka dot jersey of Le Tour.


Image [07/07] Etape 2: Brussels (Palais) > Brussels (Atomium) | 28,3KM | Team Time Trial

A TTT around the Belgian capital. A GC rider with a good team will surely gain precious seconds to their opponents.


Image [08/07] Etape 3: Ghent > Geraardsbergen (Muur) | 153,8KM | Hilly

Tour visited Roubaix several times, but never visited the walls and the cobbles of Ronde van Vlaandaren. The last 85km of the stage will use a segment of the pre-2011 route of De Ronde. The stage will end in the iconic Muur-Kapelmuur, in Geraardsbergen. Certainly will be a stage with a lot of spectacle and emotion.


Image [09/07] Etape 4: Fourmies > Épernay | 192,5KM | Hilly

After three days in Belgium it's time to go to France. The stage starts in Fourmies, the commune that hosts the classic Grand Prix de Fourmies. The stage is flat till the last 50km, when starts a sequence of steep hills. The Côte de Mutigny will be the hardest, with 1000m at 11,4%. A good stage to see puncheurs like Alaphilippe and Valverde in action.


Image [10/07] Etape 5: Châlons-en-Champagne > Nancy | 188,6KM | Flat

Châlons-en-Champagne will host a stage start for the first time since 1993, when the city name was Châlons-sur-Marne. The stage will cross the Grand Est region to end in Nancy. The KoM in the last kilometers will probably not be sufficient to prevent a bunch sprint finish.


Image [11/07] Etape 6: Saint-Dié-des-Vouges > Colmar | 169,9KM | Medium Mountain

The first of two stages in the Vosges and the first mountain stage of this edition. Probably will be the first opportunity for a successful breakaway, while in the GC won't be a stage to make gaps.


Image [12/07] Etape 7: Mulhouse > Ballon d'Alsace | 179,1KM | Medium Mountain

On the 4th July of 1969, Édouard Louis Joseph Merckx (better known as Eddy Merckx) won his first stage on Tour de France. In that day the stage started in Mulhouse and ended in Ballon d'Alsace, like this one. This will be the first test for the general classification riders.


Image [13/07] Etape 8: Belfort > Lons-le-Saunier | 193,2KM | Flat

The flat stages are back after two days in the mountains. The stage starts in Belfort and will go south to Lons-le-Saunier. The capital of Jura department will host his third stage finish, the last was in 2004. In normal conditions will be a bunch sprint finish.


Image [14/07] Etape 9: Mâcon > Saint-Étienne | 204,9KM | Hilly

14th July is the Bastille Day, a important day in France, so we can expect some french riders in the breakaway. This hilly stage has seven KOM points, what makes this stage good for collect points for the mountains classification.

----- Rest day -----


Image [16/07] Etape 10: Divonne-les-Bains > Divonne-les-Bains | 29,6KM | Individual Time Trial

Divonne-les-Bains is back to Tour de France after 43 years. Here Eddy Merckx won his second stage in Le Tour, and his first ITT. We won two more stages here in the next year.


Image [17/07] Etape 11: Aix-les-Bains > Morzine-Avoriaz | 179,1KM | High Mountain

The first high mountain stage of this edition. Crêt de Châtillon was used for the last time in 2013, in a stage won by Nairo Quintana. The stage ends in the ski resort of Morzine-Avoriaz, here Andy
Schleck won a stage in 2010.


Image [18/07] Etape 12: Chamonix > Col de la Madeleine | 175,2KM | High Mountain

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will host a stage start after 42 years absence. The second stage in the French Alps goes by the Col des Saisies, the Col de Tamié and the Côte de Bonvillard before the first Hors catégorie (HC) climb in the Tour: Col de la Madeleine. Used 26 times in the Tour history but none of them was a summit finish.


Image [19/07] Etape 13: Chambéry > Grenoble | 168,9KM | Flat

A flat stage to give sprinters an opportunity after two hard days. The stage starts in Chambéry and ends in Grenoble.


Image [20/07] Etape 14: Embrun > Valloire | 205,5KM | High Mountain

This stage starts in Embrun and has three KoM points. After Col de Vars the riders will climb two Hors catégorie climbs (Col d'Izoard and Col du Galibier) and then a descent of 18km to Valloire. The first rider to cross the summit of the Col du Galibier will win the Souvenir Henri Desgrange.


Image [21/07] Etape 15: Gap > Mont Ventoux | 198,6KM | High Mountain

The iconic Mont Ventoux is back to the Tour de France. The stage starts in Gap and ends in the "Beast of Provence", like on the 10th July of 1970. On that day Eddy Merckx has the first to reach the summit, with the time of 5 hours, 47 minutes and 44 seconds.

----- Rest day -----


Image [23/07] Etape 16: Nîmes > Narbonne | 177,1KM | Flat

The Alps are over and we are going to the Pyrenees, but before the mountains we have this completely flat stage that goes near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Probably the riders will fight against some wind.


Image [24/07] Etape 17: Limoux > Plateau de Beille | 176,4KM | High Mountain

The first of three stages in the Pyrenees. The stage starts in Limoux and has four KOM points, two of them are Hors catégorie. Col de Pailhères is back after 6 years absence and Plateau de Beille will host the 7th summit finish ever. The last finish there was in 2015, in a stage won by Joaquin Rodriguez.


Image [25/07] Etape 18: Pamiers > Saint-Béat | 181,9KM | High Mountain

After nine years absence Pamiers is back to Tour. The stage has five KOM points and ends in Saint-Béat, with a final descent of 10km that comes after the Col de Menté.


Image [26/07] Etape 19: Saint-Gaudens > Luz-Ardiden | 167,8KM | High Mountain

The last mountain stage and the Queen Stage of this edition. The stage starts in Saint-Gaudens and climb three 1st category KOMs before a combination of Col du Tourmalet and Luz-Ardiden in the last 50km. Luz-Ardiden is back after 8 years absense.


Image [27/07] Etape 20: Pau > Pau | 29,5KM | Individual Time Trial

This stage will close the general classification definitely. The first kilometers will use a segment of the Circuit de Pau-Ville, a street circuit where is held the Pau Grand Prix annually. After get out of the city, the riders get back to Pau and end in Place de Verdun.


Image [28/07] Etape 21: Rambouillet > Paris (Champs-Élysées) | 128,0KM | Flat

The last stage will be as usual a day to celebrate. The stage starts in Rambouillet and after 73km get in the circuit of Champs-Élysées. After 8 laps the Tour de France edition is over. A stage that will certainly end in a bunch sprint.

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