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You are asked to draw two 5 day stage races taking place in february, replacing Vuelta a Valenciana and Étoile de Besseges.
The rules are as follows:
- One race must be a one hotel race, where the stages start and finish in close proximity to each other
- One race must include a ITT, the other a mountain stage
- The races must be held in a region in southern Europe that doesn't already host a stage race
- Two avoid bad weather and snow as much as possible the races can't go over the 45 northern latitude and 1500 metres

The deadline will be Sunday the 3rd of March at 23:59
Good luck!
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Will4563 wrote: 04/02/2024, 12:22 - The races must be held in a region in southern Europe that doesn't already host a stage race
Does this mean host an stage race altogether throughout the whole calendar year? And does this only consider 2.UWT and 2.HC races? Or 2.1 and 2.2 races too? The limitations varies wildly based on this.
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KristanStrømhyldenHimo wrote: 05/02/2024, 13:32
Will4563 wrote: 04/02/2024, 12:22 - The races must be held in a region in southern Europe that doesn't already host a stage race
Does this mean host an stage race altogether throughout the whole calendar year? And does this only consider 2.UWT and 2.HC races? Or 2.1 and 2.2 races too? The limitations varies wildly based on this.
It's any pro race that's in that region every year, so races like Itzulia Basque Country, Cran Camino or Tour de Romandie all have a specific region they are in every year
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Will4563 wrote: 04/02/2024, 12:22 You are asked to draw two 5 day stage races taking place in february, replacing Vuelta a Valenciana and Étoile de Besseges.
The rules are as follows:
- One race must be a one hotel race, where the stages start and finish in close proximity to each other
- One race must include a ITT, the other a mountain stage
- The races must be held in a region in southern Europe that doesn't already host a stage race
- Two avoid bad weather and snow as much as possible the races can't go over the 45 northern latitude and 1500 metres

The deadline will be Sunday the 3rd of March at 23:59
Good luck!
How far can be farest point from the hotel in the first race?
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There are only one-day races in Majorca, can this area be included in the competition?
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lukkier wrote: 06/02/2024, 15:15 There are only one-day races in Majorca, can this area be included in the competition?
Yes it can
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BETTO wrote: 06/02/2024, 15:14
Will4563 wrote: 04/02/2024, 12:22 You are asked to draw two 5 day stage races taking place in february, replacing Vuelta a Valenciana and Étoile de Besseges.
The rules are as follows:
- One race must be a one hotel race, where the stages start and finish in close proximity to each other
- One race must include a ITT, the other a mountain stage
- The races must be held in a region in southern Europe that doesn't already host a stage race
- Two avoid bad weather and snow as much as possible the races can't go over the 45 northern latitude and 1500 metres

The deadline will be Sunday the 3rd of March at 23:59
Good luck!
How far can be farest point from the hotel in the first race?
The farthest point can go further away, but the start and end shouldn't be more than an our away from the hotel
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Tour des Pyrénées-Atlantiques

The aim of this Tour was to highlight the Atlantic Pyrenees, a region under-exploited by races like the Tour de France.

1.) Pau > Arette (Hilly)

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The race begins with an irregular stage, the sequence of climbs before the finish should produce a first GC hierachy.

2.) Oloron-Sainte-Marie > Bayonne (flat)

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An opportunity for the sprinters to take a stage win in Bayonne.

3.) Biarritz > Mont Baïgura (Medium mountain)

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It is not a mountain stage but the arrival at Mont Baigura could already prove decisive for GC - only 4kms of climbing but on slopes in excess of 12%!

4.) Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry > Mauléon-Licharre (Medium mountain)

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Tough arrival after a series of ascents, with the hardest ascent coming a bit further out. Some riders could be caught out, watch out for those who lost time on Baigura to go on the offensive to reclaim lost positions.

5.) Tardets-Sorholus > Les Chalets d'Iraty (Mountain)

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Final stage and a summit arrival at the Iraty Chalets but in an atypical format with the brutal ascents to Hasteguy and Arthaburu before the finale. Everything can be turned upside down on this stage, on roads which maybe are not suitable for a Tour de France but should be passable for a smaller race such as this.





Kavala-Patras

The aim of this Tour was specifically to highlight Greece while avoiding Athens. This is the Hotel race and the one with a TT.

1.) Kavala > Kavala (ITT)

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The race starts off with an irregular time trial around Kavala.

2.) Asprovalta > Thessaloniki (Medium Mountain)

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Key medium mountain stage

3.) Aiginio > Larissa (Flat)

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A flat stage, but with the long ascent in the middle of the stage it could complicate things for the sprinters.

4.) Volos > Delphi (Mountain)

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A mountainous stage with an arrival near the archaeological site at Delphi. Main difficulty comes far out so expect long range attacks if someone lost lots of time on the TT or medium mountain stage!

5.) Itea > Patras (Flat)

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Final stage into Patras, hilly in the middle but shouldn't stop the sprinters from taking victory. Highlight of the day will be the passage over the Rio-Antirrio Bridge.
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Giro di Campania (Mountain stage)

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A tribute to the old one day race. Southern Italy doesn't have any pro stage races (except Sicily), so it's time to switch that up.

1: Caserta - Benevento, 159km

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A stage where anything can happen, but most likely a thinned out bunch sprint. With several small hills in the final 15km, there are also opportunities for an all-out attack, certainly if the remaining peloton is disorganized. With 1km to go, there's a small uphill section before a downhill which could also suit an opportunist.

2: Lioni - Sapri, 191km

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An opportunity for the explosive hill specialists. Positioning is key for the final climb. The downhill at 175km is steep, but relatively straight, so it should be safe.

3: Sapri - Salerno, 157km

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A pure sprint stage. The final 30km is basically one long straight to the finish.

4: Salerno - Villaggio Laceno, 160km

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A high mountain stage. Since it's still preseason, nothing too crazy but it will definitely be a crucial stage for the GC.

5: Avellino - Castellammare di Stabia, 146km

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Apologies, tunnel placement didn't seem to get it right. Plenty of opportunities to attack the GC if needed. If not, a sprint between hill specialists or a solo finish: again, anything is possible here.


Tour of Crete (ITT, Hotel)

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An evolution of the tour now done by amateurs. Plenty of reason to place a tour on Crete: hills, tourism and good weather in february.

1: Heraklion - Heraklion, 160km

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A hilly section followed by a very flat one should make an interesting conclusion to the first stage, which highlights the west of Heraklion. Will any escaping group get caught? And of there are no escapees, a reduced bunch sprint will be set in the streets of Heraklion.

2: Heraklion - Archanes, 174km

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GC alert in this stage which highlights the south of Heraklion. The flatter section on the final climb could be used for an attack and the later climbing part to build up a gap.

3: Heraklion - Kokkini Hani, 173km

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With 33km after the climb, this should be a sprinters stage if they're not gassed from the middle section. A visit to the east of Heraklion in this stage.

4: Achanes - Kokkini Hani, 158km

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Into the hills with this one. The steep Aitana climb should bring some riders in trouble and it has a short flatter part after it, so an explosive rider could take a risk here to go for it all. If the climb is too tough to create significant gaps, riders can use the Kato Vathia climb for a final chance to gain some time before the ITT.

5, Hersonissos - Anissaras, 11km, ITT

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A stage to please the tourists in their luxury hotels. A short ITT, but a tough one: about 600m that goes up to 8,5%, a sloping 1km that goes up to 6% and another 800m that goes up to 7%. After those hilly section, the road only goes slightly downhill for a while, so no time to rest for 3km before a short steeper descent.
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Here are my two races

Settimana Sarda

In fact it is the "resurrection" of the Giro di Sardegna, which has not been held since 2011. With the exclusion of Cagliari I deliberately chose to have the stages end in little-known centres, far from the usual tourist tours

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Tour of Malta

Given the limited size of the island and the limited transfers, each team will always stay in the same hotel

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Can i do one on Sardinia? The last edition of the Giro di Sardegna was in 2011.
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I've got three questions:
1. Can we design stage races in regions where there used to be one but in recent years not (Sardinia, Aragón, etc.)
2. Can we design stage races in a part of a region where a stage race is held. For example we have Tour of Serbia, can we do a stage race in a smaller region inside of Serbia, same goes for Andalucia, could we do a stage race in a province of Andalucia?
3. Do the Balkans count as Southern Europe? Or Atlanic islands such as Canary Islands, Azores or Madeira?
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adriamedina wrote: 13/02/2024, 0:34 I've got three questions:
1. Can we design stage races in regions where there used to be one but in recent years not (Sardinia, Aragón, etc.)
2. Can we design stage races in a part of a region where a stage race is held. For example we have Tour of Serbia, can we do a stage race in a smaller region inside of Serbia, same goes for Andalucia, could we do a stage race in a province of Andalucia?
3. Do the Balkans count as Southern Europe? Or Atlanic islands such as Canary Islands, Azores or Madeira?
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Another question. If an amateur NAT stage race is held there is it ok? So for example, Cantabria, Extremadura, Navarra...
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adriamedina wrote: 15/02/2024, 22:44 Another question. If an amateur NAT stage race is held there is it ok? So for example, Cantabria, Extremadura, Navarra...
Yes, it can't have a pro race
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Volta ao Norte (race with mountain stage)

This 5-days race is held in the region Norte, Portugal. With a mountain stage and two hilly stages, the race course is suitable for punchy climbers, but there will be two occasions to have a bunch sprint.

1st stage: Porto - Porto (174.58 km, flat)

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This stage will probably end with a sprint, as there are not any climbs who can worry sprinters and their teams. However, they should be careful as the final circuit between Matosinhos and Boavista is techincal and the last kilometers are slightly uphill (3%).

2nd stage: Paços de Ferreira - Guimaraes (175.08 km, medium-mountain)

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The second day features already a crucial stage. Despite not being an uphill finish, the last circuit around Guimaraes presents two climbs: Monte da Penha (7 km @5.8%) and Sao Bento da Peras (3.3 km @9.4%). Especially this last climb, with steady but challenging gradient will be decisive as the last passage at the top is less than 9 km away from the finish line. GC riders could easily start attacking already in this stage.

3rd stage: Amarante - Monte Farinha/Senhora da Graça (163.01 km, high-mountain)

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This is the only stage classified as mountainous and the only uphill finish of the tour. It is of course the queen stage, and it will end on the famous coiled-ascent of Monte Farinha, at the Sanctuary of Senhora da Graça. Before the last climb, the stage will feature five other climbs; none of them is particularly steep, but some of them are actually quite long, as the Alto do Espinho (24 km), where the riders will reach an altitude over 1000 meters for the first time in the race (1020 m). The last climb is regular (10.7 km @ 6.5%) second-to-last km is the steepest, averaging 9.5% with gradients passing over 10%. The perfect springboard.

4th stage: Ribeira da Pena - Chaves (137.20 km, flat)

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This is the most unpredictable stage of the race, as it is categorized as flat and a bunch sprint is possible, but it should not be at all taken for granted. The race moves into the region of Tras-os-Montes that is pretty hilly. The stage presents four categorized cimbs. However the first two climb are not as hard as the final one. The last climb, Alto de Mentiras, to be repeated twice, is 3.3 km long with an average gradient of 7.2%. The final kilometer of the climb is over 8% avg. In the final lap the end of the climb is 23 km away from the finish line in Chaves. Will the sprinters be able to control the race? Can some GC guys attack and gain on their rivals? The stage, with this profile, could be also won by a breakaway.

5th stage: Chaves - Bragança (183.09 km, medium-mountain)

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The last stage is held still in the Tras-os-Montes natural region, connecting the two most important towns of the area. The route is quite hilly, with both long and steep climbs. In total, the race presents six categorized climbs. Some of them deserve to be mentioned, as Vilarinho de Agrochao (2.2 km @11.1%) and Nuzeido de Baixo (2.2 km @8.7%) that are located halfway in the stage. The crucial point of the stage is the climb of Vilar de Peregrinos (5.3 km @8.8%) where some movements can be expected. However the KOM is placed 30.5 km away from the finish line in Bragança. The road doesn't start to descend right away, with some kilometers of sligth-slope. At 15 kms to go the route will begin to go downhill towards the finish in Bragança.

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Tour of Cyprus ("Hotel" stage race, with ITT)
This 5-day race is held in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. With an ITT, two flat stages and two hilly stages, the race course is suitable for complete sprinters, who can defend themselves on ITT and also on bumpy terrains, or good rouleurs who can benefit from the initial ITT and then manage an eventual lead.

1st stage: Ayia Napa - Ayia Napa (19.78 km, individual time trial)

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The race in Cyprus starts with an individual time trial in the tourist town of Ayia Napa and its backcountry. The route is relatively flat and there are not as many turns. This ITT is for specialists and rouleurs. Sprinters will have to minimize the lost time in order to be still in the GC competition. An intermediate point is placed in Konnos Bay, after 11.1 kms of race.

2nd stage: Larnaca - Larnaca (134.40 km, flat)

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Not much to be said about the second stage. It will start and finish in the city of Larnaca. No categorized climbs during the stage. This should be almost a certain bunch sprint. Riders will pass through the finish line in Larnaca four times, so they have the occasion to study perfectly the last meters of the race!

3rd stage: Larnaca - Choirokoitia UNESCO World Heritage (152.85 km, hilly)

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The third stage will start in Larnaca and finish in Choirokoitia, where there are the famous prehistoric ruines recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage. The race route is quite hilly. The last climbs are not super steep, but some sprinters could suffer especially in the first part of the second-to-last climb Vavla, with some gradients over 8%. The last kilometers in Choirokoitia are quite bumpy, so even if some sprinters will be able to overcome the climbs still in the peloton, this will surely be an atypical finish sprint.

4th stage: Paphos - Paphos (149.73 km, hilly)

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This is easily the hardest stage of the race. It will start and finish in the city and tourist destination of Paphos. The race presents five categorized climbs, but the last two climbs are the most interesting. To be correct, is the same climb repeated twice. The Koili climb is 6.3 kms long with an average gradient of 7.7% (max gradient 13.4%). The second climb will finish at 21.5 kms to go, and the hardest part of the climb is 23/24 kms away from the finish line. Pure sprinters will almost surely be dropped but complete sprinters could be able to minimize eventual "damages" and try to chase back the head of the race in the final twenty kilometers. The final kilometer is slightly uphill.

5th stage: Paphos - Limassol (127.67 km, flat)

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The last stage is devoted to sprinters. However, the first part of the stage is far from flat: two categorized climbs can be found in the route. The KOM jersey could be decided in the final stage. The second climb Pachna (10.9 km @5.7%) is 73 kms away from the finish line. Pure sprinters who could suffer in the climb have all the time to come back to the peloton, but they need to be careful as the race after a long and fast descent will enter in a circuit in the city of Limassol. The circuit has not many turns and roads are relatively large, so the peloton will go really fast. The end is placed in Limassol promenade. Will some sprinter gain enough bonus points in the two almost certain sprints to overcome puncheurs or rouleurs?

Then, some notes on this Tour of Cyprus:

- about the race:
in order to have a competition between sprinters, puncheurs and rouleurs, bonus seconds will be assigned at the finish line (-10'',-6'',-4'') and at intermediate sprints (-3'',-2'',-1'') during flat stages. In hilly stages there will still be bonus seconds: at the finish line (-3'',-2'',-1'') and at intermediate sprints (-1''). There will be no bonus time during the ITT.

- about Cyprus choice:
the belonging of Cyprus as "Southern European" could be debatable, as someone could point out that geographically is in West Asia. However, in the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Europe Cyprus is indicated as a country/region of Southern Europe.
I decided to avoid the region of Cyprus controlled de facto by TRNC. Firstly for the sake of realism, as crossing a military controlled border is quite unrealistic, and secondly because that way the race takes place entirely in the European Union.

If you want more information about the tours, you can consult them here:
Volta ao Norte (Portugal): maps/tours/view/24294
Tour of Cyprus (Cyprus): maps/tours/view/24295
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One-hotel race : Shingle Memorial Race

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This stage race takes place around the Lazio towns of Anzio and Nettuno, scene of Operation Shingle, the Allied landings in Italy in January 1945. The race takes place on the coast and in the surrounding mountains and will not necessarily be won by the one we believe because many terrains allow you to scrounge up seconds and minutes: the final ITT will only be the last opportunity for victory.



Mountain stage race : The Macedonian Challenge

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No stage of this race is truly easy as runners pass through ancient Macedonia. The ascent of Mt Olympus the day before the final finish will be a big step towards victory but the leaders will have other opportunities to struggle before that.
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“Vjetropuhaljka Jadrana” (Adriatic Breeze Cyclathon) – Stage Race with ITT

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Croatia already has two stage races in Cro Race (2.1), which takes throughout the entire country, and Istarsko Proljece - Istrian Spring Trophy (2.2), which is limited to the Croatian region of Istria.

This race is bound to another region, Dalmatia, which covers most of the Croatian coastline. The first edition of this race solely takes place in the southern part of the region, with possibilities for new parkours further north for the following editions. The route will favour puncheurs with regards to the GC, while not eliminating the chances for a versatile sprinter, with proper a TT, a la Mads Pedersen.

Stage 1 Babin Kuk - Velika and Mala Petka Forest Park (Dubrovnik) (ITT)
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Scrapes by qualifying as an ITT, and not a prologue. More hilly than what the profile suggests, and it may be difficult to settle into a rhythm because of the technical route.

Stage 2 Dubrovnik Airport – Ploce (Hilly)
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Not the toughest stage of the tour, but the Vrbica and Graci climbs could work as a launch pad close to the finish line. If not, the peloton faces a traditional Croatian sprint finish, with a sharp corner within the final kilometre.

Stage 3 Metkovic – Omis (Flat)
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One should be quite desperate to believe this will end up in something else than a bunch sprint. The elevation the riders face during the stage should be piece of cake for any sprinter of a certain standard.

Stage 4 Dugopolje – Split (Hilly)
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After tackling the hilly landscape surrounding the city of Split, will two ascents of the Telegrin climb west of the Split city centre decide the winner. Most of the final lap takes place in the Marjan Forest Park, where the technical roads with limited overview favours an escapee.

Stage 5 Supetar - Kastel Cerineo (Hilly)
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We find ourselves on the island of Brac for final stage of this race. The riders will be treated with a round trip of the island, before taking on the Jurjevo Brdo almost three full times, with the last ascent being cut short by the detour towards the finish line at Kastel Cerineo.

"City of Dreams Mediterranean" – One-hotel stage race with mountain stage

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Europe’s largest integrated casino resort have been looking for a way to promote its services since its opening in 2021. With February being a slow month with regards to visitors generally for the island of Cyprus, the hotel has decided to host a bike race within the district of Limassol’s borders to diversify both their own, and the whole district’s, revenue streams.

Even though all the stages either departs from the City of Dreams Mediterranean, or visits the resort during the stage, the race provides opportunities for all kinds of riders. Sprinters and puncheurs will trade wins during the first four stages, before the GC specialists will step to the forefront on the queenstage up to Pano Amiantos on the final day. The final stage will also be the only finish that’s further away from the hotel than 20 km.

Stage 1 City of Dreams Mediterranean - City of Dreams Mediterranean (Flat)
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A crit-like opening stage with four laps showing of Limassol’s city centre, with depart and arrival at the casino resort. Will be held at night as an attempt to replicate the vibe of a Formula 1 night race. (Or if executed poorly, the opening TTT of last year’s Vuelta).

Stage 2 City of Dreams Mediterranean - Agios Tychon (Hilly)
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Same departure, new arrival. First of many visits to the Troodos mountain range during this tour. Many KOMs for the riders to fight for, before passing The Archaeological Site of Amathous, on their way to the finish. The 1,8 km @ 8,4 % climb to Agios Tychon should mean that this is a stage for the puncheurs.

Stage 3 Kolossi Castle - Agios Athanasios (Hilly)
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If Stage 2 was a Coca Cola, then Stage 3 is a Coca Cola Light. They are designed to be same, but the small differences alter the target audience. There’s some climbing during the stage, but not as hard as the day before. There’s a hilltop finish, but not as hard as the day before. This opens up for the sprinters to steal one of the stages that was meant for a puncheur.

Stage 4 Alphamega Stadium - RAF Akrotiri (Flat)
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We dip our toes into foreign territory, as this stage finish on an military airbase. After some mountains early in the stage, we return to the coast for a bunch sprint. With the exception of a few visits back to Cyprus, the final 50 km will be raced in British territory.

Stage 5 City of Dreams Mediterranean - Pano Amiantos (Mountain)
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Mount Olympus (1952 m) would normally be the natural arrival for the queenstage, but the climate of the Troodos mountains in February makes it unsafe to plan any bike race over 1500 metres, because of potential snow. The riders will instead set their eyes on Pano Amiantos at 1360 meters elevation. But before that they will have to conquer five other Cat. 2 climbs, in a stage where sending a teammate into a breakaway could prove really helpful, as none of the final climbs are massively steep, and where draft will be beneficial.
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Hi everybody! Here's my races.

My one hotel race take place in Sofia and it's dedicated to "northen" riders whom want to be protagonist in the Classic in Belgium and France; "The Battle of Sofia" host a ITT too.

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Stage 1 - Short ITT in the city center

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Stage 2 - Hilly stage, with a steep ramp to repeat 4 times before the finish

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Stage 3 - The final circuit presents two cobble sector

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Stage 4 - Sprint

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Stage 5 - Final circuit with a short climb to repeat 5 times.

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The second race is dedicated to GC riders and take place in Corse.

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Stage 1 - Hilly stage with a steep ramp to repeat two times in the final kms

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Stage 2 - Long stage, very difficult in the first half; then in the last 70 kms riders will fight for victory with no flat parts

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Stage 3 - Mountain queen stage made of 6 KoM

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Stage 4 - Circuit in Bastia for the bunch sprint of the week

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Stage 5 - Another mpountain stage finishing in the ski station

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Re: Contest 2: Early year stage races

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:augh: Hello!

I'm glad to participate in this second contest!
I've drawn two 5 days' races: one is held in Corse, a beautiful french island which definitely deserve a cycling race; and the other one in Montenegro who's got various landscapes to discover.
Riders will cycle all around Corse, with a top mountain finish in the third stage, whereas Tour of Montenegro will old an ITT and is the one hotel race, in the capital Podgorica.

Let's start with the Tour de Corse!


Stage 1: flat, Bastia - Bastia

The breakaway will be awarded with mountain points. However, a mass sprint is expected to open the tour.

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Stage 2: medium mountain, Bastia - Calvi

Many mountain points are awarded in this race, as there are many climbs to cross the north part of the island. A sprint between a few riders is expected.

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Stage 3: High mountain, Calvi - Col de Vizzavona

The queen stage of this tour. Col de Vizzavona is well-known for people who travel the GR20 and there is many parkings and hotels at it top.

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Stage 4: Medium mountain, Corte - Ajaccio

Col de Vizzavona is climbed one more time, but well before the finish line. It will enable a breakaway to make differences. This stage is probably for barouders.

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Stage 5: flat, Propriano - Porto-Vecchio

Although this stage is considered as a flat one, there is many short uphills which will tire the riders. A mass sprint or a great breakaway will win it.

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Tour of Montenegro


Stage 1: ITT, Podgorica - Podgorica

Quite long and flat ITT. Specialists will make intersting differences.

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Stage 2: Medium mountain, Podgorica - Niksic

Quite uncommon profile in this round. Already a stage which can shape the GC.

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Stage 3: flat, Podgorica - Podgorica

A round for barouders. The first part is hilly, which enable the breakaway to make a great gap. Last part of the race is flat, so a sprint in the breakaway is expected. A mass sprint could occur, but only with the strongest sprinters.

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Stage 4: flat, Podgorica - Podgorica

A 4 laps race around Podgorica. Definitely shapes for sprinters.

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Stage 5: medium mountain, Podgorica - Cetinje

The queen stage of the tour. There will be a great battle for the GC, with a scenic view on the Baltic sea.

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I hope you will enjoy those five days races!
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