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Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020
Later than usually is in the season, it is still time for the 2020 Tour de France Contest

You have to re-draw and improve 2020 Tour de France

Constraints
- Gran Depart should be kept the same way (Stage 1 and 2 starts and finishing in Nice, 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 20-21 transfer shall be 'realistic'
- You cannot repeat key parts of Tour de France 2019 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
- 2020 Tour has Covid-19 problem. So, to simplify things, you are not allowed to leave France for the whole route. All the Kms of Tour de France shall be in France.
- 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 Sunday 20/9/2020, when the first rider will cross Tour de France 2020 Stage 21 line. Or 23.59 if the stage won't happen

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

PLEASE PUT THE STAGE PRESENTATION BETWEEN SPOILERS TO AVOID LONG PAGES ON THE THREAD

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Here is my Tour de France 2020 : maps/tours/view/15972

There will be 7 high mountain stage, three middle mountain stages, two individuel time-trials and between 5 to 7 stages for sprinters, even if, sometimes, it not will be easy for them to win. But nobody says that these stages must be offered to them. Two new top finish summit, in Les Allues and at the top of the col de la Croix-de-Fer.

Spoiler!
Stage 1 : Nice – Nice, 192 km

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The sprinters will have to fight with baroudeurs to win the first yellow jersey. The start will be tough with, in particular, the rise of Utelle (5.8km at 7.6%) but there will then be 136km left for the peloton to come back to the breakaway. It should be noted that the riders will complete two laps of a generally flat circuit, despite the Côte des Colles (2km at 5.5%).


Stage 2 : Nice – Nice, 143,5 km

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First important day for the leaders, who could already waste time this Sunday. First very big climb of the Tour, the Turini (15km at 7%) is certainly far from the finish (87km remaining) but there will not be a flat meter remaining. Behind will follow the famous Col de Braus (1st cat) and the Col des Quatre Chemins (3rd cat), only separated from the mysterious and difficult Mur de Bégude (600m at 11%) and Côte du Reboisat (4km at 8.3%) . Enough to create the first gaps!


Stage 3 : Cannes – Marseille, 244,5 km

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Like the first stage, sprinters and barouders will fight for the stage victory. This time, on paper, the advantage will be for barouders with the long ascent (7.3km at 3.4%) of Castelet (3rd cat) at 47km from the finish of what will be the longest stage of the Tour.


Stage 4 : Aix-en-Provence – Vaison-la-Romaine, 199 km

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First big mountain stage with not only one climb of Mont Ventoux but two ! After a first category climb with the Col de Liguiéré (11.2km at 6.3%), the peloton will first face the Mont Ventoux via the uneven slope of Sault (24.5km at 4.9%) before descending a first time via Malaucène and come back to climb the more famous one of Bédoin (20.6 km at 7.6%) whose summit will be located only 31 km from the finish.


Stage 5 : Orange – Montpellier, 156,5 km

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Massive sprint expected in Montpellier, at the end of the flattest stage of this Tour de France. But beware of the risk of echelons in the final, especially in the fifteen kilometers after La Grande
Motte.


Stage 6 : Béziers – Carcassonne, 184,5 km

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This time the breakaway will most likely go to the end. In any case, it is not the sprinters who will fight for victory on this medium mountain stage with three climbs on the program. If these are not hard enough to see the favorites move, an outsider could in particular take advantage of Mont Simel (7.2km at 6.4%), whose top is 26km from the finish.


Stage 7 : Narbonne – Gruissan Plage, 28,5 km (ITT)

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This is the first of the two time trials on this Tour de France. Overall flat, not very long, the main difficulty of this time-trial will mainly be the wind, which could play a role in the second part of the route. Ideal for creating gaps before the Pyrenees.


Stage 8 : Perpignan - Plateau de Beille, 170 km

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The Tour enters the Pyrenees with a big mountain stage marked by three climbs and a difficult summit finish, at the Plateau de Beille. A 15km climb at 8% perfect for a fight between the favorites, especially with the Col de Jau (1st cat) and the Col de Pailhères (HC) in the legs.


Stage 9 : Tarascon-sur-Ariège – Saint-Girons, 185,5 km

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On the eve of the first day of rest, another beautiful mountain stage with five passes on the menu. The difference should be made in particular in the famous Latrape-Agnès sequence but above
all in the new climb, the Col de la Crouzette (1st cat) and its last 2 km at 12% ! With 19km remaining, this is the opportunity to go on the attack.

REST AND TRANSFERT

Stage 10 : Bordeaux – Rochefort, 211 km

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A flat stage for start the second week. So a massive sprint ? Not so sure, because the road will be majority of the time next to the littoral and so, exposed to the possible wind. Whatever its direction, i twill be echelons at a moment. But it’s also possible that nobody want create it and that massive sprint happens in Rochefort.


Stage 11 : Saint-Maixent-l’Ecole – Tours, 218 km

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For the first time in its history, the Tour de France will use white gravel roads. Used on the occasion of Paris-Tours, the five sectors presents in the last 33 kms should stretch the peloton and cause breaks. Without forgetting the risk of punctures. Guaranteed show!


Stage 12 : Château de Chambord – Auxerre, 182 km

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Except the côte de Toucy (2km à 5%), 20km far from the finish, nothing seems capable of avoiding a massive sprint.


Stage 13 : Auxerre – Dijon, 204 km

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Another day for the puncheurs on the road to Dijon with no less than 7 short but steep climbs in the last 80 kms. The sequence of the Mur de Sombernon (1.2km at 10.3%), the Côte de Savigny (2.1km at 9.8%) and the Côte du Château du Blaisy-Haut (1.2km at 11, 1%) will do immense damage.


Stage 14 : Beaune – Plans d’Hotonne, 195,5 km

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If the peloton returns to the middle mountains on the occasion of this 14th stage in the Jura, baroudeurs will be more in the spotlight than the favorites with a light program. The Col de Colliard (8km at 6%) will be the main climb of the day but victory should be decided in the final climb of the Plans d'Hotonnes and its 4.5km at 6.1% including passages at 13%.


Stage 15 : Bellegarde-sur-Valserine – Rumilly, 103,5 km

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The Jura in the spotlight like never before one the Tour de France ! This second week will end with a 100% jurassian stage, very short and difficult. Four 1st category climbs will be at the menu, with the Col de Richemond (9.4km at 5.6%) but especially the Col de la Biche (6.1km at 9.3%), the Lacets du Grand Colombier (6.5km at 9.2%) and the Col du Clergeon (9km at 8.2%), the top of which will be 24km from the finish. Crazy day expected!

REST AND TRANSFERT TO BOURG-EN-BRESSE

Stage 16 : Bourg-en-Bresse – Lyon, 154,5 km

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Often arrived for punchers or for a breakaway, Lyon should not escape a massive arrival this time. Very flat, this 16th stage will offer a perfect playground for sprinters along the Parc de la Tête d'Or.


Stage 17 : Lyon-La Duchère – Décines-Charpieu Groupama Stadium, 31,3 km (ITT)

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After having been the arrival of a the precedent stage, Lyon this time set off the start of a very important time-trial in the race for final victory. The 31kms should allow rollers to place themselves ideally before the Alps. From La Duchère to Décines, the riders will offer themselves a part of the history of Olympique Lyonnais, with a passage in front of the old stadium, in Gerland, and an arrival in the new one, at Groupama Stadium.


Stage 18 : Grenoble – Col de la Croix-de-Fer, 181 km

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First stage in the Alps with a very high mountain stage and an unprecedented finish beyond the Col du Galibier, highest pass of the 2020 Tour de France. After La Chambre, the peloton will climb directly with a well-known ascent where the Tour de France had never arrived, the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. With its 23.9km at 6.8% and a very irregular slope, there is everything to witness a big fight between the favorites.


Stage 19 : Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Les Allues, 125 km

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Short stages in the high mountains often offer a spectacle and this one should not escape the rule with two big climbs, the Madeleine by its hardest slope (19km à 8%), and the unprecedented Col de la Loze (24km à 7,5%) which should serve as a springboard to launch major offensives before the final, shorter climb (6km à 7,6%) to Les Allues. It will be the last finish at the top.


Stage 20 : Bourg Saint-Maurice – Ugine, 121,5 km

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Last opportunity to overturn the general classification and the stage feats perfectly to it. The peloton will face the long (19km at 6%) Cormet de Roselend cold, before continuing with a double ascent of the difficult climb of Bisanne, climbed by its classic southern slope (12.5km at 8%) then by the new on the north side (14km at 7.5%) before returning to Ugine via the Forclaz de Queige (3.5km at 8.3%). Very tough stage, decrescendo, to favorize attack from far away.


Stage 21 : Rambouillet-Château – Paris Champs-Elysées, 112 km

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Last classic stage, starting from the Château de Rambouillet to reach the Champs-Elysées through some coasts of the Chevereuse Valley. But the massive sprint seems inevitable.
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Hello everyone !

There is my route for the Tour de France 2020 contest : maps/tours/view/16027. It contains :
- 3469 km.
- 9 flat stages with 1 uphill finish.
- 4 medium mountain or hilly stages.
- 7 mountain stages with 5 MTF.
- 1 mountain ITT.
- 76 KoM sprints : 8 HC, 13 1st, 14 2nd, 24 3rd and 17 4th.

It goes through 7 French regions : PACA, Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Normandie and Ile-de-France.
I tried to keep the spirit created by ASO for this Tour, with rural cities and new places to visit. Innovation is a clue in this year's route, this what I like in Tour de France and I wanted to continue on this way for my route. This is why I kept many key points which are really in the route this year. From Nice (and the two real first stages), it goes to the Southern Alps, then to Cévennes and Pyrénées in the first week. The second week goes from the Atlantic Coast to Bugey and the third one has 3 mountain stages in Northern Alpes and the real ITT of this Tour de France 2020. My route is about to make the yellow jersey's owner change quite everyday by playing with topography and distances.

Stages and explanations in spoiler.
Spoiler!
1. Nice -> Nice. Flat. 156km.
You all know this one, it is the real first stage of this TDF 2020. I kept it because I found it nice to begin and no too selective to offer the first yellow jersey to a sprinter, what is not too often in the Tour.
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2. Nice -> Nice. Medium Mountain. 186km.
This second stage is also the real second stage of the official route. As a first show in the mountains, it is a fine way to begin and to have a second yellow jersey in two days. Puncheurs will have it !
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3. Nice -> Manosque. Flat. 217km.
To go to the Southern Alps, riders will have a nice route in direction of Manosque. With some points to get for the polka dot jersey, sprinters should however take to win after coming from Digne with a back wind : be careful of echelons.
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4. Sisteron -> Super Dévoluy. Medium Mountain. 150km.
Instead of a unique climb to Orcières, which is not too difficult, I prefer the riders to go to Super Dévoluy, another ski resort. After having climbed col de Manse, col du Noyer is on the route with irregular slopes and a bonus point at the top. The final climb is not that difficult but GC contenders can move earlier in the stage. Maybe another yellow jersey there ! Surely nice points of view with a shot near from Serre-Ponçon lake.
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5. Gap -> Caverne du Pont d'Arc. Flat. 209km.
Leaving the Alps has never been easy. :lol: There, it is the exact opposite. Downhill day until Ardèche : two 4th category climbs to finish the stage. The arrive is the same as 2016's ITT. Once again, between sprinters and puncheurs, there will be a game !
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6. Antraigues-sur-Volane -> Mont Aigoual. Medium Mountain. 205km.
I kept the concatenation Lusette-Aigoual for one reason : I dreamt of it in the Tour for years ! The start-city is the one of Jean Ferrat, French singer who died just 10 years ago. We can see it as a tribute. For the route, it is a bit more difficult than the original stage, firstly because the stage is longer and secondly because of the two more climbs I put on the route. The wind will then have less importance during the race, except on the top section to Mont-Aigoual.
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7. Lodève -> Carcassonne. Flat. 148km.
Not a lot to say here, a short stage for sprinters, or to rest before the Pyrénées storm. The arrive is the same as when Cort Nielsen won.
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8. Mirepoix -> Peyragudes - Altiport. Mountain. 188km.
There may be the first battle between GC contenders, in a place well-known by Romain Bardet. I kept both Balès and Peyresourde but I choose to finish on the altiport for its very hard slope and the images it shows. The Peyresourde route will not be the traditional one as the riders will climb a little road through Portet-de-Luchon, keeping 1.5km on the bottom and 2km on the top of the habit route. A bonus is set on the top of Balès.
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9. Loudenvielle -> Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Mountain. 113km.
This one is shorter and harder. It is a concentration of climbs with Azet, Hourquette, east-side of Tourmalet and Trabaou, where will be a bonus point. Big day for the polka dot jersey. Let's see the battle !
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REST DAY

10. Île de Ré — Saint-Martin-de-Ré -> Île d'Oléron — Phare de Chassiron. Flat. 163km.
You cannot draw a more flat stage. Basically drawn for sprinters, there will be some wind all day long, so everyone will have to be ready. I wanted to switch the islands only because I prefer Oléron to Ré, and because Oléron is longer and harder to manage in my opinion.
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11. Saintes -> Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat. Flat. 208km.
This is another long stage designed for sprinters but a breakaway could take the win in a special city : Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is where Raymond Poulidor lived from 1961 to his death in 2019. This is the second tribute stage of this Tour de France. The 10 last km are hilly but not enough to drop sprinters, not even easy to manage to come back on the escape.
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12. Guéret -> Tulle. Hilly. 177km.
Welcome to the middle of the country ! Between Guéret, start-city for the second time in the Tour, and Tulle, known for being the city of the former French president François Hollande, it will be a kind of rollercoaster in which a breakaway could take the win. GC contenders could attack in the last climb of the day which has its top with 3km to go and a bonus point there.
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13. Sarran -> Puy Mary — Cantal. Mountain. 221km.
Massif Central is known for Puy de Dôme, but have you heard about Puy Mary ? Of course you did ! I wanted to keep it from the original route to mine because I find that idea really fine ! To make the stage bigger and harder, the route follows 11 climbs with 3 in the last 20km, including a bonus point on the top of col de Néronne. About 4800m D+. The start is done from Sarran, where is set the Jacques Chirac museum. This is the third and last tribute of this route.
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14. Vichy -> Lyon. Flat. 163km.
A quite short stage to go to the second city of the country, Lyon. By following some climbs, it stays a quite easy stage in which sprinters could take the win if they are not dropped in the last 3 climbs which are not too hard. Before the Bugey and the Alps, a breakaway has its chance.
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15. Bourgoin-Jallieu -> Grand Colombier. Mountain. 117km.
Hard day in Bugey : short stage and 3 hard climbs. I found it more interesting to have a finish on the top of Grand Colombier by Virieu's side as it is the hardest of the four. Almost 10km with almost 10%, it is nearly as difficult as Zoncolan and I like it. Maybe big gaps at the end.
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REST DAY

16. La Côte-Saint-André -> Grenoble. Mountain. 150km.
Not the hardest way to enter the Alps but Vercors has interesting routes to take for a stage. I did not want to keep the arrive in Villars-de-Lans as I find it to evident there. Putting a bonus point on the top of Palaquit is, in my opinion, a good way to highlight the climb.
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17. Pontcharra -> Méribel — Col de la Loze. Mountain. 131km.
Another short stage with 3 climbs : Grand-Cucheron, Madeleine and Loze. I wanted to keep this latter because it is THE key point of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France. By shortening the stage, we could have one more climb and then, more possibilities for the race.
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18. Méribel -> Samoëns 1600. Mountain. 192km.
With about 4800m D+, this is the last mountain stage before the final TT in Vosges and the last opportunity to put the rouleurs behind ! After 38 flat km, there won't be flat anymore. Riders will climb Glières again after 2018 and go through Arve valley by climbing Saxonnex. Finally, the battle between GC contenders will happen in Giffre mountains, which never happened in the Tour. Before the hard climb to Plateau des Saix, there will an opportunity to anticipate when going to Morillon and with a technical downhill.
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19. Bourg-en-Bresse -> Besançon. Flat. 179km.
Before the last battle for the GC, the penultimate battle for the green jersey. Let's enjoy the sprint !
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20. Lure -> Planche des Belles Filles. ITT. Medium Mountain. 36,2km.
Last fight to win the Yellow War, you all know this route. I adore it, this is why I kept it in my route.
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21. Vernon -> Paris — Champs Élysées. Flat. 150km.
Champagne. Paris. Champs Élysées. Champagne again. Anne Hidalgo and bicycles everywhere. See you next year !
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Hope you will enjoy it ! I really liked what I've already seen in this contest !

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TourDeFranceGO wrote:
27/08/2020, 23:50
The route starts with similar stages to the two in the real Grand Depart, however I didn't include the Col de la Colmiane in favour of a really steep Col d'Eze. Mont Faron is the first summit finish on stage 3. The race then heads to Montpellier before stages 5 and 6 go over rugged terrain in southern pyrenees. Stage 7 boasts the first TT while stages 8 and 9 serve as the first true mountain stages, with a summit finish at Puy de Dome and a finish at Le Lioran.
It might not be possible to make MTF at Puy de Dome because local authorities have built railway tack on the final section of this road. Mont Faron could be too narrow for TDF.

A few questions to contest organizers:
[*]Will contestants get penalized or disqualified if they put impracticable/impossible finishes or impracticable roads?
[*]Should be stage starts or finishes commercially feasible?
[*]Should we report if we spot irregularities of such kind? Will contest organizers check all of the routes?

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Bocmanis82 wrote:
02/09/2020, 22:49
TourDeFranceGO wrote:
27/08/2020, 23:50
The route starts with similar stages to the two in the real Grand Depart, however I didn't include the Col de la Colmiane in favour of a really steep Col d'Eze. Mont Faron is the first summit finish on stage 3. The race then heads to Montpellier before stages 5 and 6 go over rugged terrain in southern pyrenees. Stage 7 boasts the first TT while stages 8 and 9 serve as the first true mountain stages, with a summit finish at Puy de Dome and a finish at Le Lioran.
It might not be possible to make MTF at Puy de Dome because local authorities have built railway tack on the final section of this road. Mont Faron could be too narrow for TDF.

A few questions to contest organizers:
[*]Will contestants get penalized or disqualified if they put impracticable/impossible finishes or impracticable roads?
[*]Should be stage starts or finishes commercially feasible?
[*]Should we report if we spot irregularities of such kind? Will contest organizers check all of the routes?
1) It should be up to people that voting, but we can submit penalties
2) What do you mean for commercially feasible?
3) Yes, it's possible to report. We won't check routes.
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With regards to the Puy de Dome finish I was thinking about changing it to a summit finish on the Col du Beal. I knew there was a railroad but because the editor allowed me to go up there i decided I would use it as an MTF. If it isn't really viable because of that I will change it.

As for Mont Farron I have no idea what the roads there are like? I've heard they are quite small but haven't actually seen pictures. As a precaution I have the finish line located near a parking area so there will be room at least for the pre race podium and hopefully team busses etc. Again if it doesn't fit the requirements I could replace it with a sprint stage potentially finishing in Toulon or Marseille.

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looks ok to me the roads on Faron

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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TOUR DE FRANCE 2020

maps/tours/view/15951

3456.42 Km
6 high mountain (3 MTF)
6 medium mountain (1 MTF)
7 flat
2 individual time trials (1 MTF)
70 KOM (7 HC)

Regions crossed (in order): Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Occitanie, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est, Île-de-France

I decided to keep the direction of the route the same as this year's edition of the Grand Boucle, passing by all of the 5 French montain chains. I also tried to keep the same philosophy, so even though there are two time trials, the total ITT Kms is only 9 more; the other terrains have been mostly kept the same, too, though trying to make stages more interesting, and following a more challenging route.
Spoiler!
STAGE 1
Saturday 29/8
Nice > Nice, 173.87 Km, flat, D+ 1311 m

Easier start than the actual Tour de France, with less slippery descents, but with a route more prone to lateral wind. The first Maillot Jaune should go, nonetheless, to a sprinter.

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STAGE 2
Sunday 30/8
Nice > Nice, 162.50 Km, medium mountain, D+ 2657 m

Here, too, the route has been changed, with 3 KOM instead of 2 in the last 50 Kms and an easier first part, to not rule out puncheurs who suffer long climbs.

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STAGE 3
Monday 31/8
Grasse > Aix-En-Provence, 184.34 Km, flat, D+ 1459 m

A stage for sprinters, who must be careful to the last kilometer and a half (which have a slight positive slope).

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STAGE 4
Tuesday 1/9
Arles > Aérodrome de Mende - Brenoux, 216.52 Km, medium mountain, D+ 3167 m

GC riders will surely be in action in this interesting stage. Not only the last ascent to the Aérodrome de Mende - Brenoux (followed by a 1.5 Km plateau), but also the Col du Pré de la Dame (climbed for the first time in the Tour's history) will pose a threat to the riders.

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STAGE 5
Wednesday 2/9
Mende > Béziers, 207.81 Km, flat, D+ 1600 m

Last chance for spinters in the first week of the Tour, with a track that goes towards the Southern coast after a hilly first part.

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STAGE 6
Thursday 3/9
Béziers > Col de Mantet, 183.25 Km, high mountain, D+ 2249 m

Here's the first mountain top finish of the Grand Boucle, in the first high mountain stage: only one KOM, but brutal, the previously unseen Col de Mantet (first HC of the Tour, 19.5 Km, 6.5%).

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STAGE 7
Friday 4/9
Prades > Tarascon-Sur-Ariège, 151.46 Km, medium mountain, D+ 2487 m

Stage that favours brave attackers, as brakeaways have a strong chance in this Pyrenean course. The final 26 flat Km will certainly have a say on who will cross the finish line first.

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STAGE 8
Saturday 5/9
Foix > Bagnères-De-Luchon, 191.52 Km, high mountain, D+ 4420 m

The queen of the Pyrenees, it keeps a similar route to the original stage (with Col de Menté and Col de Balès), but ending in Bagnères-de-Luchon, before the Peyresourde, so that the hardest climb of the day, Col de Balès, is the last one, too.

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STAGE 9
Sunday 6/9
Saint-Gaudens > Lannemezan, 32.75 Km, individual time trial, D+ 238 m

A flat (apart from a short section in the middle, before the intermediate results will be taken in Saint-Laurent-De-Neste) ITT will test the riders' energy before the first rest day. A new leader may be expected on the podium.

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REST DAY
Monday 7/9

STAGE 10
Tuesday 8/9
Bergerac > Limoges, 188.77 Km, flat, D+ 1482 m

Benevolent restart for the riders in a stage that will mostly cross flat terrains, but with a constant slight slope. Two 4th category KOMs in the last 20 Kms will spice things up, but a group sprint is the most likely outcome of the stage.

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STAGE 11
Wednesday 9/9
Limoges > Sarran Corrèze, 170.93 Km, medium mountain, D+ 2257 m

A hilly stage awaits the peloton, with the most difficult asperity being the 2nd category Suc au May (3.8 Km, 6.9%), to be climbed twice. The last 4 Km have a constant upwards slope (2.5% average gradient).

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STAGE 12
Thursday 10/9
Tulle > Le Lioran, 195.04 Km, medium mountain, D+ 3410 m

The finish in the skiing resort of Le Lioran represents a opportunity for GC riders to surprise rivals in this tough Massif Central stage with 8 categorized climbs. Fireworks to be expected.

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STAGE 13
Friday 11/9
Brioude > Vienne, 206.36 Km, flat, D+ 1948 m

After a first hilly section, the 13th stage gives a good opportunity to sprinters to seize victory. Stage seekers will need to work hard to gain enough gap in the first part, if they want to stand a chance. Grimpeurs will rest their legs before the terrible weekend.

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STAGE 14
Saturday 12/9
Grenoble > L'Alpe d'Huez, 128.37 Km, high mountain, D+ 3945 m

One of the most iconic climbs of the Tour will host the ending of this very hard stage: in L'Alpe d'Huez, the fifth KOM of the day, the race for the Maillot Jaune will start to heat up.

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STAGE 15
Sunday 13/9
Le Bourg-D'Oisans > Meribel - Col de la Loze, 215.96 Km, high mountain, D+ 4241 m

The Tour welcomes the Col de la Loze (this year's Souvenir Henri Desgrange), second consecutive mountain top finish and highest pass of this tour, in what can be considered the queen stage of the Tour: the historic Col de la Madeleine will be also climbed. With two HC climbs in the day right after L'Alpe d'Huez, riders will need to be careful to dose their energy correctly, to not lose the chance to win the Grand Boucle.

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REST DAY
Monday 14/9

STAGE 16
Tuesday 15/9
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc > Morzine, 152.54 Km, high mountain, D+ 3362 m

Last day in the Alps for the peloton, with the third consecutive high mountain stage. Two HC will be climbed: the Col de La Ramaz and the Col de Joux Plane. Another fantastic day of cycling. Will history be made in Morzine this year?

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STAGE 17
Wednesday 16/9
Thanon-Les-Bains > Giron, 147.32 Km, medium mountain, D+ 3112 m

Another mountain stage, though in the Jura, and with less terrible slopes. While stage victory may go to the brakeaway, GC riders can try to attack on the Col de Menthières (where bonus seconds are at stake) on the Côte de Champfromier, before the short descent and the last two uphill kilometers towards Giron.

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STAGE 18
Thursday 17/9
Bourg-En-Bresse > Lure, 234.76 Km, flat, D+ 1230 m

The longest stage of this Tour connects the Jura mountains to the Vosges, and will probably end in a bunch sprint, as long as the sprinters' teams have enough energy left.

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STAGE 19
Friday 18/9
Saint-Maurice-Sur-Moselle > Col du Petit Drumond, 12.08 Km, individual time trial, D+ 528 m

The final uphill ITT in the Vosges has been kept, though with a much shorter flat section (just the first 6 Km this time). Grimpeurs should be able to defend themselves in this terrain. The Tour will climb the Col du Petit Drumond for the first time.

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STAGE 20
Saturday 19/9
Belfort > Le Markstein, 183.98 Km, high mountain, D+ 4248 m

The last chance for riders to change the GC and to win this year's Tour de France will take place in the Vosges: six climbs, with three 1st category KOMs, will decide who will wear the yellow jersey in Paris.

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STAGE 21
Sunday 20/9
Rambouillet > Paris - Champs-Élysées, 116.29 Km, flat, D+ 479 m

The classic ending to the Tour will begin in front of Rambouillet's castle, and will give the winner's team to celebrate the victory and the sprinters a last chance for glory.

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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I'll be posting my full final version in the next day or so. My route will remain similar but here are the changes I have planned:

Stage 1 - TTT not flat
Stage 3 - Flat finish in Toulon as Faron potentially a stretch
Stage 4 - Now head over Col du Noyer and finish at Super Devoluy
Stage 5 - Transition to Privas like real tour.
Stage 6 - same ending in Florac different start
Stage 8 - we start in Vienne and finish at Chalmazel after col du Beal
Stage 9 - Finish at Mont Dore near puy de sancy

Stage 12 - Finish in Pau after Col de Labays and Marie Blanque
Stage 13 - Similar but finish in Oloron Sainte Marie. First HC of Col de la Hourcere.

Stage 16 - Depart from Montmelian
Stage 18 - Depart from Chamonix Mont Blanc

I will update this post with the route soon and delete the old. This is just to refine my route as I wasn't satisfied, and it didn't feel realistic (too hard)

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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si possono ripetere arrivi di tappa del 2019 che sono proposti nel tour 2020 reale?
Ad esempio l'arrivo alla La Planches des belles filles c'era anche l'anno scorso e c'è pure quest'anno

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nebe wrote:
11/09/2020, 22:18
si possono ripetere arrivi di tappa del 2019 che sono proposti nel tour 2020 reale?
Ad esempio l'arrivo alla La Planches des belles filles c'era anche l'anno scorso e c'è pure quest'anno
- You cannot repeat key parts of Tour de France 2019 real stages
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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My Entry: maps/tours/view/15873

Distance: 3345.02 Km
Flat Stages: 7
Medium Mountain Stages: 4
High Mountain Stages: 8 (6 summit finishes)
Time Trials: 2
  • The route embraces the "Vueltafication" of the Tour more fully, with difficult first and third weeks. The second week is comparatively easier to compensate.
  • Stages 4 and 17 are high-mountain stages that do not have a summit finish.
  • Stages 3, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 21 should end in bunch sprints, but the wind could be a factor on any of them (except the final stage, of course).
  • The race visits all ten regions of metropolitan France, and all five major mountain ranges.
  • Most transfers are less than 150 km in length. There is a long transfer before the first rest day, slightly longer than the one in the actual Tour, and the penultimate stage finishes close to the Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport.
Spoiler!
STAGE 1: Nice - Moyen Pays > Nice (175.76 km)
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Region (Department): Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Alpes-Maritimes)

Although it keeps the same start and finish of the actual stage, the improved Tour de France will not yield the first maillot jaune to the winner of a bunch sprint. Instead, the first stage follows three laps of a circuit that includes the second-category climb to La Turbie and an alternate approach to the Côte de Rimiez, which will make it difficult for the fast men to remain in the front group.

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STAGE 2: Nice - Haut Pays > Nice (168.94 km)
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Region (Department): Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Alpes-Maritimes)

The second stage keeps the three climbs used in the actual stage. However, there is only one ascent of the Col d'Èze, with both mountain points and time bonuses at the top.

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STAGE 3: Nice > Toulon (184.90 km)
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Region (Departments): Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Alpes-Maritimes, Var)

A flat stage follows the Côte d'Azur to Toulon.

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STAGE 4: Aix-en-Provence > Malaucène (141.90 km)
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Region (Departments): Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse)

We make a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, making a rare descent of the mountain instead of a summit finish.

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STAGE 5: Montélimar > Lyon (208.65 km)
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Region (Departments): Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Drôme, Isère, Métropole de Lyon)

The race heads to Lyon for an "urban classic," with the second-category climb up Mont Thou being followed by a number of short, steep hills before the finish.

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STAGE 6: La Tour-du-Pin > Chambéry (154.16 km)
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Region (Departments): Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Isère, Ain, Savoie)

After a lap of the Lac du Bourget, we take on the Mont du Chat and the Col de l'Épine before descending to Chambéry for the finish.

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STAGE 7: Chambéry > La Plagne (158.92 km)
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Region (Department): Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Savoie)

Three major Alpine tests await the peloton, with the HC climbs to the Col de la Madeleine and La Plagne and the first-category climb to the Col du Notre Dame du Pré.

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STAGE 8: Annecy > Grand Colombier (117.61 km)
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Region (Departments): Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Ain)

The shortest stage of the race is almost a mirror image of Stage 15 in the actual Tour, with an additional climb in the approach to the Grand Colombier.

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STAGE 9: Salins-les-Bains > Col du Grand Ballon (208.46 km)
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Regions (Departments): Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Jura, Doubs, Haute-Saône), Grand Est (Vosges, Haut-Rhin)

After the Alps and the Jura, we head to the Vosges mountain range for the last stage before the first rest day.

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REST DAY: AMIENS


STAGE 10: Amiens > Lisieux (205.06 km)
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Regions (Departments): Hauts-de-France (Somme), Normandie (Seine-Maritime, Eure, Calvados)

The first real flat stage of the race might not have any categorised climbs, but still has plenty of lumpy stuff and exposed country roads.

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STAGE 11: Fougères > Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marché (193.84 km)
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Region (Departments): Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine, Côtes-d'Armor)

Speaking of lumpy stuff and exposed roads, we head to the Mûr de Bretagne for a real puncheur's finish.

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STAGE 12: Vannes > Angers (181.94 km)
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Regions (Departments): Bretagne (Morbihan, Ille-et-Vilaine), Pays de la Loire (Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire)

A more straightforward sprint stage still has plenty of exposed terrain, as we pass through the farmlands of the Loire Valley.

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STAGE 13: Le Mans > Le Mans (17.86 km, ITT)
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Region (Department): Pays de la Loire (Sarthe)

What better place to race the clock than Le Mans? You start in the pit lane, ride one lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe and finish with one lap of the tight Bugatti Circuit.

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STAGE 14: Tours > Limoges (204.84 km)
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Regions (Departments): Centre-Val de Loire (Indre-et-Loire, Indre), Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Haute-Vienne)

Another stage that favours the sprinters, with some rolling terrain near the finish.

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STAGE 15: Masseret > Puy Mary (Cantal) (174.21 km)
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Regions (Departments): Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Corrèze), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Cantal)

We finish up the second week with a stage in the Massif Central, incorporating the finishing climbs used in the actual Tour, albeit with alternate approaches.

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REST DAY: Aurillac


STAGE 16: Aurillac > Lavaur (185.88 km)
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Regions (Departments): Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Cantal), Occitanie (Aveyron, Tarn)

An homage to the exciting Stage 7 of the actual Tour, this stage into Lavaur has a similar parcours, with hills in the beginning and lots of exposed terrain near the end.

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STAGE 17: Limoux > Foix (202.66 km)
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Region (Departments): Occitanie (Aude, Ariège)

The first stage in the Pyrenees is a long, hard slog, with six categorised climbs.

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STAGE 18: Saint-Girons > Col de Portet (162.33 km)
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Region (Departments): Occitanie (Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées)

The queen stage of the race incorporates three major climbs from the actual Tour, and adds three more, with a summit finish at Col de Portet, the Souvenir Henri Desgrange of the race.

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STAGE 19: Bagnères-de-Bigorre > Barèges (40.84 km, ITT)
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Region (Department): Occitanie (Hautes-Pyrénées)

A long mountain time trial climbs to the Col du Tourmalet before finishing with 12 km of descending.

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STAGE 20: Arudy > Hautacam (135.09 km)
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Regions (Departments): Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Occitanie (Hautes-Pyrénées)

The final GC battle takes place over a short mountain stage with four major climbs.

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STAGE 21: Mantes-la-Jolie > Paris (121.17 km)
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Region (Departments): Île-de-France (Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine, Paris)

The improved Tour de France ends with an exact replica of the actual final stage.

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Description:
Tour will visit all mainland regions but Bretagne. Initially I wanted to visit all regions - however, after 2021 Grand Depart was moved to Bretagne I decided that I'll do stages in this wonderful region next year.
My tour, just like original one, will visit five mountain ranges but in different order - Alps, Pyrenees, Massif Central, Vosges, Jura and once again Alps and Massif Central.
My tour will have more time trialing because I think it is not enough with one ITT on penultimate day. However, mountains will be hard and climbers will have their chances as well.
For stage towns, I picked reasonably large cities, departmental centers, ski resorts and villages near legendary climbs. Smallest stage town is Luz-Saint-Sauveur (1000 inhabitants) which is about the same size as Laruns (1200 inhabitants) on original route.
Stage transfers are realistic. During rest days riders will travel about 100km to neighboring departments. Stage transfers between stages will not exceed 120km-130km. Final transfer, Roanne - Paris, is 400km long and can be done by TER/TGV in 3,5 hours.
5 stages will be 200km+, four of them will be second week. Thus average length of second week stages will 204km.

Main characteristics:
3400km in length
29 climbs will be 2nd category+
7 flat stages (stages 3-4, 7, 10, 13, 18 and 21)
2 hilly stages with one uphill finish (stages 11-12)
3 medium mountain stages (stages 2, 9 and 15)
6 high mountain stages with four mountaintop finishes (stages 5-6, 14, 16-17 and 20)
2 ITT (stages 8 and 19, 71km in total)
1 TTT (stage 1, 18km in total)
Spoiler!

Stage 1. Nice > Nice, Team time trial, 18km

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For the first time since 1971 Tour opens with TTT. It will be team presentation on the road. Stage 1 will be quite tricky because 6.6km from 18 will go uphill unlike usual TTTs.

Stage 2. Nice > Nice, Medium Mountain, 168km

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Stage 2, unlike original TDF stage, will not have any high mountains because: a.) too early in the race b.) Colmiane and Turini too far from finish (123km and 87km). Instead, my stage will have more climbing in last 65km (three second category climbs) than original stage and likewise it will favor an aggressive rider.

Stage 3. Cagnes-sur-Mer > Aix-en-Provence, flat, 189km

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Stage 3 will be the first opportunity for sprinters to win a stage. 3rd category climb 31km before finish should not prevent bunch sprint. 2-3% sections in final kilometers could suit punchier sprinters.

Stage 4. Arles > Carcassonne, flat, 222km

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Stage 4 will also be for sprinters. It will be the only back-to-back chance for them.

Stage 5. Pamiers > Station du Mourtis, high mountain, 171km

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Stage 5 will be the first mountain test for GC contenders. Riders will go over well known climbs such as Core, Aspet, Ares before finishing at the hardest side of Mourtis ski station. Mourtis is 1.6km extension of well known Col de Menté and it will be the first time peloton finishes there.
Early mountaintop finishes are not uncommon in recent years (in 2019 riders finished at 7km - 8.7% La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6). Mourtis is 3.9km longer than PDBF.

Stage 6. Saint-Gaudens > Luz-Saint-Sauveur, high mountain, 168km

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Second day in Pyrenees will have more climbing as riders will pass through legendary Peyresourde, Aspin and Tourmalet before tackling Col de Trabaou, new to Tour. Finish will be in Luz-Saint-Sauveur which hosted stage start to Col d'Aubisque in 1985 won by Stephen Roche.

Stage 7. Lourdes > Montauban, flat 191km

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After two difficult days in Pyrenees peloton will have a transitional stage for sprinters.

Stage 8. Villefranche-de-Rouergue > Figeac, Individual Time Trial, 33km

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Stage 8 will be 33km ITT in Massif Central. Course will be slightly rolling until riders will start climbing 3rd category climb near Figeac. ITT is still for specialists.

Stage 9. Aurillac > Clermont-Ferrand, Medium Mountain, 193km

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Stage 9 will be classical medium mountain stage in Massif Central with hardly any flat sections. Final climb, Côte de Charade, 10.5km before finish in Clermont-Ferrand could once again reward aggressive riders. Last stage before rest day.
Clermont-Ferrand returns to Tour for the first time since 1988.

REST DAY 1. Creuse/Puy-de-Dome

Stage 10. Guéret > Vendôme, flat, 213km

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After rest day in Creuse/Puy-de-Dome departments peloton will do flat stage from Guéret to Vendôme.

Stage 11. Le Mans > Aunay-sur-Odon, hilly, 195km

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Stage 11 will bring riders to Normandie region for a hilly stage with 8 classified climbs, including 2.4km - 7.3% Côte d'Ondefontaine just 5 km before finish. Yet again it will be a stage which could reward an aggressive rider.

Stage 12. Caen > Rouen, hilly, 176km

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Second day in Normandie region will be a hilly affair once again. In comparison to day before hills will be shorter, just two of them exceeding 2 kilometers, and steeper. Stage will finish at the top of nasty 1.2km - 10% climb. This time punchers will have a chance for stage victory.

Stage 13. Compiègne > Saint-Dizier, flat, 203km

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Stage 13 will be one of only few opportunities for sprinters to claim victory in second part of the Tour. This time peloton will be brought to Saint-Dizier, a stage town in 2003. It will be one of three consecutive 200km+ stages.

Stage 14. Vittel > Station du Lac Blanc, high mountain, 209 Km

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Stage 14 will be a key stage of the second week. Riders will visit Vosges and this time Planche des Belles Filles will not be on the menu. Instead riders will do Vosges trilogy in last 65km with Petit Ballon, Linge and summit finish at Lac Blanc ski resort. There will not be almost any flat sections between last three climbs and final part will look like Pyrenees classic.

Stage 15. Vesoul > Oyonnax, medium mountain, 228km

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Stage 15 will be the longest stage of the Tour and also a "light" visit to Jura mountains. After relatively uneventful first 200km riders will tackle 1st category Col de Berthiand 21km before finish followed by nasty Côte de Chanriond just 7 kilometers from finish. Aggressive riders will have another chance of glory. Last stage before rest day.

REST 2. Savoie

Stage 16. Aix-les-Bains > Vaujany - Col du Sabot, high mountain, 187km

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After rest day in Savoie department the moment of truth will arrive in Tour. Riders will revisit Alps with three HC mountains on the menu. This time legendary Madeleine and Glandon will be not followed by usual ascent to Alpe d'Huez. Instead riders will do more brutal summit finish to Vaujany - Col du Sabot ski station (14.5km - 9%). Also there will not be flat section from Le Verney to Le Bourg-d'Oisans because riders will ascend immediately after completing descent from Glandon.

So far Vaujany has hosted stage finishes in Criterium du Dauphine and Grande Boucle Féminine. However, this will be the first time professional road race does 9km paved section from Vaujany to Col du Sabot.

Stage 17. Le Bourg-d'Oisans > La Mure, high mountain, 140km

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Stage 17 will be the shortest road stage of the Tour, except Champs-Élysées. This will be very unusual stage for Alps as riders will tackle three brutally steep 9%+ climbs, Parquetout, Luitel and Laffrey. Last climb, 6.5km - 9.7% Laffrey, will be located 13km before finish, much closer than Glières in original TDF. Climbers will need to gain as much time as possible because of ITT in two days.
La Mure hosted stage start in 2017.

Stage 18. Grenoble > Lyon, flat, 191km

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Stage 18 will connect two classical TDF cities Grenoble and Lyon. Terrain will be flat and it will be the last chance for sprinters to shine before Paris.

Stage 19. Lyon > Tarare, Individual Time Trial, 38km

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Stage 19 will be the second ITT of the Tour. After a series of flat and mountain stages time trial specialists will finally have a chance to overtake climbers.

Stage 20. Montbrison > La Loge des Gardes, high mountain, 145km

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Stage 20 will go uphill immediately after start and will hardly have any flat sections. Probably none of these climbs have ever been used in TDFs before 2020 and it might be relatively unknown territory for most of the peloton. Thus stage might be tricky. If time gaps are small then La Loge des Gardes could be a real battlefield.

Stage 21. Mantes-la-Jolie > Paris (Champs-Élysées), flat, 121km

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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This is my Tour.

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my tour:

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3 ITT
6 High mountain stages
5 Medium mountain stages
6 Flat stages
Spoiler!
Stage 1 Nice - Nice
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Stage 2 Nice - Nice
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Stage 3 Cannes - Toulon
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Stage 4 Marseille - Vaison-la-Romaine
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Stage 5 Orange - Béziers
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Stage 6 Béziers - Albi
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Stage 7 Lavaur - Toulouse
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Stage 8 Muret - Superbagneres
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Stage 9 Lourdes - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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Stage 10 Bergerac - Limoges
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Stage 11 Limoges - Montluçon
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Stage 12 Clermont-Ferrand - Roanne
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Stage 13 Maçon - Besançon
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Stage 14 Besançon - Gérardmer
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Stage 15 Gérardmer - Le Grand Ballon
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Stage 16 Mulhouse - Pontarlier
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Stage 17 Gex - Morzine-Avoriaz
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Stage 18 Albertville - Les Suisies
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Stage 19 Albertville - Chamrousse
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Stage 20 Grenoble - Aix-les-Bains
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Stage 21 Saint-Denis - Paris
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my Tour:

maps/tours/view/16269

I tried to keep a similar distribution of stages, but changing all the essence of the race compared to the real one. First, stages are globally much longer, with 7 of them over 200 km, and have, in general, more denivel than the real ones, much similar to Giro than to modern Tours. That will help to see some "new" things in the last week, usual in Giro, not so in Tour or Vuelta. Mountain stages have also a different outline. Trying to avoid seeing a Ineos/Jumbo train until the last 500 meters, stages are made, first, to encourage long rage attacks, but they also include different type of climbs, longer and higher than the ones we saw in the real race this year, that gave us a good show in 2019. Added to this, the ITT has been moved to the eleventh stage (for opening gaps before the decisive part of the race) and it's now longer and flatter, something we haven't seen in the last editions of the Grand Boucle. At last, something I also missed in this year's edition: mythical climbs; have also been included, but not forgetting about innovation and new discoveries, that are also part of the incentives of this race.

Here you can see the stages:
Spoiler!
Stage 1: Nice - Moyen Pays > Nice

First stage, perfect for sprinters, in the surroundings of Nice. The first part will include the only categorised climb of the day and will visit some of the most emblematic towns of the French Riviera, such as Cannes or Antibes. The second part of the stage will be a circuit in all through the streets of Nice with a very soft climb and a round trip to the Promenade des Anglais, where the stage will finish.

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Stage 2: Nice - Haut Pays > Nice

Second stage will be the first one that GC contenders must watch out. A hard first part with some long climbs will precede the decisive section of the stage, with two well-known climbs of the zone: Col de la Madone (not typical seeing it in races, but a classical training pass) and Col d'Èze, through the Cap d'Ail side: new, but the most beautiful and the one with better views. After that, the classic descent through Nice will carry the cyclists to the finish line.

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Stage 3: Nice > Manosque

Third stage could be considered as a transition one, but a bit strange, because even if it hasn't any remarkable climb, it has more than 3000 denivel meters, so many sprinters could suffer. Last kilometer is also a bit uphill, so power might be crucial in the sprint, more than pure velocity. It could be a good opportunity for the breakaway too, but being just in the first Monday, the odds for this get drastically reduced.

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Stage 4: Pertuis > Avignon

New clear opportunity for a bunch sprint. The route will visit some of the most famous cities of the Provence, including Avignon, where the finish line will be located. Riders should take an eye on Côte de la Tour, usual in Étoile de Besseges, and with some slopes over 15%.

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Stage 5: Alès > Millau

Stage five. Here is where starts the first contact with the Massif Central. Good stage for a breakaway or stage hunters who can attack in the last part of the stage. Last circuit will feature two climbs: one short, but with very high slopes (and passing just below the famous viaduct), and a longer but softer one, whose technical descent will lead to the finish line.

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Stage 6: Carmaux > Carcassonne

New medium mountain stage, this time much more suitable for a breakaway. This one includes a hard mid-part, with some long climbs and a last steeper one. But this won't be the only attraction of the stage, because it will pass through the "Curiosité de Lauriole", a so-called magnetic hill, where the gravity appears to perform in the opposite way as it should due to an optical illusion, creating so the first "Montée Magnétique" of the history of cycling, even if it isn't literally that.

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Stage 7: Carcassonne > Saint-Gaudens

Easy transition stage for reaching the Pyrenees before the first weekend. The stage features a tricky middle section with some little climbs and narrow roads. Even though, it's is aimed to finish in a bunch sprint.

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Stage 8: Tarbes > Peyragudes - Les Agudes

First mountain stage of this Tour, that will blend up tradition and modernity. Two classical passes like Aspin and Val Louron will give way to a brand new ascent to Montée de Peyragudes. This will go first through the village of Germs, where a sterrato section will start. And this one will finish right before facing the Peyragudes Altiport, where a stage already finished in 2017. But this time it won't happen the same, because the race will keep on for reaching the top of Montée de Peyragudes and then, after a descent, climb up to the last difficulty of the race, the finish on Les Agudes.

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Stage 9: Pau > Argelès-Gazost

Another high mountain stage for concluding the first week. This time, the climbs will be quite harder and longer than yesterday, with Marie Blanque, Aubisque and Spandelles (as big novelty) in the menu. This last climb will also be the decisive one, with a demanding ascent and a technical and narrow downhill for the bravest riders.

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REST DAY


Stage 10: Vannes > Noirmoutier-en-Île

After hosting the Grand Départ in 2011 and 2018, it's time for Noirmoutier Island to have a stage finish. This time the wind could appear, as the course travels always next to the sea, even crossing two big bridges, so today could be a more decisive day than were the past mountain stages in the Pyrenees.

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Stage 11: Les Essarts > Puy du Fou (ITT)

Eleventh stage will be the only time trial of the race, following modern Tours tradition. But this time, at least, will be quite longer and suitable for the TT specialists. Climbers will need to exploit the climbs like Monts des Alouettes and Puy du Fou for limiting time losses with the best timetrialists.

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Stage 12: La-Roche-sur-Yon > Angoulême

Flat and long stage road to the Auvernian Massif Central. Even though, the finish is quite tricky, with some little climbs, including the last one, with 7-8%, slopes in the streets of Angoulême, finishing at few meters of the arrival

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Stage 13: Montbron > Égletons

Ideal stage for a breakaway just before the second weekend. Always up-and-down terrain, more than 3000 denivel meters and two last hills for seeing attacks and some show, possibly trying to smash the break and go for the win.

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Stage 14: Ussel > Prat de Bouc (Plomb du Cantal)

New important stage for the GC men where, if the pace is high throughout all the day, the time differences could be big and we might see some long range attacks and explosions. It all depends on the riders.

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Stage 15: Arlanc > Station de Chalmazel

Short and hectic stage for finishing the second week. If someone wants to surprise turn upside down the race, this could be the day, with some long climbs and few terrain to control.

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REST DAY


Stage 16: Lyon > Lons-le-Saunier

Flat and easy stage after the break road to the first mountain stages of the Alps. Last opportunity for the sprinters before the Champs Elysées.

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Stage 17: Oyonnax > Samoëns 1600 - Plateau des Saix

Here is where the last and decisive mountain block starts. The longest of the mountain stages, but possibly not the hardest. Even though, a hectic finale with 3 consecutive climbs, such as Joux Verte, Ranfolly and Plateau des Saix will offer an interesting show.

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Stage 18: La Chambre > Alpe d'Huez

Second consecutive mountain stage. This one will be different than the previous one, because it will be much shorter and feature quite longer and higher climbs, including the Galibier, in a perfect place for someone to try a long range attack. For finishing, Alpe d'Huez through Col de la Sarenne, which means less flat between climbs, a softer ascent and some beautiful landscapes. Also here, attacks should be made in the long climb, otherwise it will be very difficult to open a big gap.

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Stage 19: Le Bourg d'Oisans > Embrun

Transition stage for let the GC gays take a breath before the last round... or not. The course will be definitely hard, with many denivel meters and some good climbs like Col de la Morte or Col du Noyer, but the bunch is expected to go slow and let the stage win to the break. Even though, if someone wants to go fast and surprise the rivals, there's a very good terrain for it, including the last climb to Puy-Sanières, good for taking some seconds if someone dares to attack.

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Stage 20: Gap - Pra Loup

Here is where the race will decide. 202,5 km between Gap and Pra Loup, "Le Tombeur du Cannibale". This time, the last climb won't be immediately preceded by Col d'Allos, as in 2015 and mythical 1975. Between them, riders will have to face Col des Champs (whose ascent might be cleaned) and Col de la Cayolle too. Pretty nice climbs, news for many people, for a good show and for messing up the race and take the final blow, and the yellow jersey.

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Stage 21: Plaisir > Paris - Champs-Élysées

Classic last sprint in the Champs Élysées. The stage will start in Plaisir and pass through locations such Poissy, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Nanterre before the last typical circuit.

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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This is my submission for this contest. The TDF consists of
3 ITT's
6 High mountain stages
6 Medium mountain/Hilly stages
7 Flat stages

The route: maps/tours/view/16178
Spoiler!
We start with a prologue in Nice with a small climb. One for the specialists.
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A classic Paris-Nice stage on the second day.
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The first chance for the sprinters en route to Draguignan.
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Second day in a row for the sprinters. Unless the wind decides different
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First test for the GC riders in the Cévennes.
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A classic puncheurs stage with a real LBL type route.
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An inevitable sprint waits the riders in Moissas.
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The GC-riders really cannot afford a bad day in this long, undulating time trial.
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First day in the Pyrenees with a classic combo of the Portet d'Aspet and the Col de Menté
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A vintage Pyrenees stage to a first big summit finish in Luz-Ardiden
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Rest day in Cognac

The longest day in the saddle. Seems like a sprinter stage, but there riding along the sea is always risky.
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Nothing to really trouble the sprinters today.
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A real baroudeurs stage.
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A MTF on top of the Col de Béal after a stage through the Auvergne.
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A fight between the puncheurs and the strong sprinters.
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Rest day in Voiron

First day of three in the Alps. A stage through the Vercors.
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This stage ends with the very difficult ascent of the Mont Colombis.
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The queen stage. Lots of steep climbs in the Chartreuse.
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A short day in the saddle before the last GC test
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A very hard TT to end the GC battle.
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The typical finale on the Champs Elysées
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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This tour resembles the Giro somewhat more this year, with most the big days saved until the final week or so. We just about pass through enough regions (Bort les Orgues just lying inside a 7th region at the border.)

We start with a Team time trial, and thereby traverse the Nice hinterland on stage 2. We move northwards to the first summit finish on stage 4 where there will be a view of Alpe d'Huez and also we sit just the other side of the Lautaret to the last Col of the tour before Paris. After a flat yet bumpy stage to Chambery stage 6 looks like one for the breakaway with the Col de la Faucille almost 40km from the line in Fort les Rousses. Stage 7 serves as a day for the sprinters transferring to the Vosges via Vesoul, before two summit finishes. The first on stage 8 to Gaschney is deceptive as there are almost 6kms at 8% with gradients often reaching 10%. Stage 9 meanwhile, doesn't have the larger climbs however is up and down in the last kilometres and this is made up for by the finish at La Mauseleine last used by the Tour in 2014.

Second week and we begin in Bourges for the first Individual time trial though it is likely it will have no where near as much significance as the other one. After a bumpy but straightforward day for the Sprinters to Clermont Ferrand, stage 12 sees the riders crossing several passes before a summit finish at the Station de Mont-Dore. Stage 13 is quite literally the opposite of "flat" and should once again be one for the breakaway to fight it out on when they ride into Carmaux. Stage 14 and 15 serve as the two Pyrenees tests. The first, to Ax 3 Domaines, will surely show us for the first time who the true contenders for victory are. But if not then stage 15 most certainly will. In a strange twist the 15th stage of this years tour isn't the Queen stage, despite having the summit finish on the Col de Portet after 6 intermediate ascents. The 16 kilometre climb at close to 9% will surely start to cause cracks in the weakest.

The final week begins with a stage which is wide open. Theoretically the sprinters could make it, but practically anything could happen on the road to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Then a key moment on stage 17. Preceeding a trio of Alpine stages, the time trial up to Mont Saxonnex will be on the watchlist for good all rounders like Primoz Roglic. 50kms long, and with a final ascent of 5kms on a 9% slope will truely test the legs. Then the first of the 3 final mountain days begins. From Thonon les Bains, the riders cross several lower category passes over the space of only 100kms before they reach the key ingredient on stage 18, the Plateau des Saix. Never used before on the tour, the 10km slope at 9.5% will surely distance some and serve as a testing ground before the queen stage. Stage 19 and its up and down all day. First the col de Romme, then Colombiere, then Aravis, then Saisies and finally the Cormet de Roselend before we descend into Bourg Saint Maurice for the 2nd of 2 descent finishes of the tour. Now for the queen stage. From Albertville, 3 HC climbs will be crossed. The Croix de Fer and the Galibier, both with other intermediate ascents on their flanks, before we reach the Col du Granon which up untill 2011 hosted the highest ever stage finish of the Tour. All 3 climbs above 2000m. The Galibier and the Granon the two highest summit finishes ever used in the Tour. This is the day that counts.
Spoiler!
1.) Stage 1 and a tough team time trial through Nice. The riders of course finish on the promenade des Anglais.
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2.) Stage 2 and its mountains. From Nice to Nice again, the Turini Colmiane Braus and Eze cols all feaature.
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3.) Stage 3 and the riders finish in Sisteron. The stage is slightly less conducive to a sprint that the real one and could see a breakaway fight it out.
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4.) Stage 4 and the riders finish in view of the iconic Alpe d'Huez. Having crossed the treacherous descent of the col de Parquetout and crossed the Ornon who know what will happen?
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5.) Stage 5 and finally a good chance for the sprinters. Lets hope there chances aren't dashed by the opening climbs though...
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6.) Stage 6 looks like a bumpy ride to Station des Rousses. Lilian Calmejane is treated - he won the last stage here back in 2017.
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7.) Stage 7 and the riders saddle up for a likely sprint finish in Vesoul. The vosges await however not in typical format.
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8.) Stage 8 and the riders discover the climb to Gaschney. It may not be as hard as la planche but surprises may happen, especially with the amount of climbing late on in the stage.
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9.) Stage 9 and for the first time since 2014 the riders will battle it out up the climb to La Mauseleine above Geradmer. The punishing slopes could certainly cause riders to loose a few seconds which they can't afford.
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Rest in Bourges

10.) Having rested in Bourges, the riders have to race around the city in a 22km individual time trial. It will be important, however pales in comparison to stage 17's time trial.
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11.) leaving Bourges, the riders head towards Clermont-Ferrand for a stage finish there. The roads are undulating and the final sprint will be on an uphill false flat of 3-4%.
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12.) From Roanne, the riders will have a lot of climbing in their legs before they reach the crucial Croix Robert - Mont-Dore sequence. The 3 kilometres at 8% could hurt.
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13.) The longest day of the tour from Bort les Orgues to Carmaux will most likely crown a baroudeur. The early climbs and 4000m of vertical gain will likely force the sprinters to sit in and hope to keep enough in store for two brutal days in the Pyrenees.
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14.) The first of two stages tackled in the Pyrenees revisits Ax 3 Domaines for the first time since 2013. The 8km 8% climb is preceeded by the nasty Port de Pailheres where a long range attack could be launched.
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15.) The final day in the Pyrenees is even more brutal. The Col de Portet returns after Nairo Quintana won there in 2018. 16kms at close to 9% makes for a chilling figure considering there are 5 other passes to be crossed...
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Rest in Bourg-en-Bresse

16.) The final rest day gives way to an open stage on stage 16. With few chances this year the sprinters will look to control the race but the intermediate ascents will make it extremely hard to do so.
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17.) Stage 17 and the tradition of shorter time trials in recent years is broken. Not only will the riders cross 50km of roads, they will have to ascend to Mont Saxonnex where the 9% gradient will hurt.
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18.) Stage 18 provides for an interesting scenario. A compact stage, with plenty of opportunity to attack. One thing is clear though. You'll have to be exceptionally strong to win at the Plateau des Saix. 10 kilometres of hurt at 9% !
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19.) Stage 19 offers up only the second downhill finish of the tour in the mountains. Climbs and descents follow in quick succession, allowing for an attack on the cards potentially of the likes of the one Chris Froome made on the road to Bardonnechia to take the Maglia Rosa.
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20.) Stage 20 and the queen stage of the tour comes last. 3 Hors Categorie passes await the riders - half of the total they climb this year. They all reach 2000m, with the Galibier and Granon happening to be the two highest ever summit finishes of the tour.
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21.) The tour wouldn't be the same without Paris. The sprinters will be more eager than ever to fight for the honours - well at least if they've actually made it through the route. Henri Desgrange once said that the tour wasn't perfect unless there was just one rider that finished. His souvenir Henri Desgrange prize will be awarded at the top of the Col du Galibier.
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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I have not time to explain my tour.

This is my Tour. With new climbs in Pyrinees - Col de Tentes - and a new climb of Grand Ballon in the end. Col de Granon is final stage. All massif of France - Pyrinees, Central Massif, Alps, Jura, Vosgues - have mountain stages

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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Hello
My Submission for the TDF 2020 contest.

maps/tours/view/15856
Spoiler!

Stage 1 - Nice > Nice

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First part of stage is hilly, the last 80km along the coast are flat. Sprint royal at Promenade des Anglais.


Stage 2 - Nice > Nice

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A total of 6 climbs on the menu today. Riders will go north before returning to the coast. Col d'Èze will be tackled over the steep southern side. Circuit as original.


Stage 3 - Cagnes-sur-Mer > Six-Fours-les-Plages

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We leave Nice region and go further west to the new finish town Six-Fours-les-Plages. An easy day for the sprinters.


Stage 4 - Marseille > Sète

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This stage seems easy, but it will be a nervous day. Through the camargue, the peloton is exposed to wind which can cause echelons. 4km to go, Mont Saint-Clair with its steep slopes will decide today's winner.


Stage 5 - Lodève > Millau

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Breakaway time! The next medium mountain stage will be held in the Cevennes. With over 1000 D+ meters, Col du Minier near Mont Aigoual breaks the peloton before it heads into the national park of Gorges du Tarn. The stage ends in an uphill sprint in Millau.


Stage 6 - Saint-Affrique > Montauban

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The race leaves the Cevennes and heads to the west. But it won't be easy as there will be 5 Cat.4 climbs in the last 70km. Only strong sprinters have the chance to compete for victory in Montauban.


Stage 7 - Castelsarrasin > Lannemezan

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No KOM points today but there will be a hard fight for the stage win. 2,5% average gradient in the last 7km with slopes up to 8%, a long finish straight at Lannemezan.


Stage 8 - Saint-Gaudens > Cauterets Pont d'Espagne

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Finally the Pyrenees! The first half will be contested over small roads. Then we enter high mountain territory with Cat.1 Col du Soulor and the bonus sprint at Col des Bordères. The first MTF at a never-seen ascent of Pont d'Espagne above Cauterets.


Stage 9 - Pau > Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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The last stage before the awaited first rest day. The French Basque Country has been neglected by the Tour so often, so I created this stage which ends in the never visited town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. But before there are 47 mountain points up for grabs. The two steep and narrow climbs in the end decides who wins the stage and who gains seconds in the GC.


Rest day - Plane transfer to Dijon (Pau airport)


Stage 10 - Dijon > Dijon

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Something easy after the rest day. Probably the only bunch sprint in the second week and the second to last before Paris!


Stage 11 - Dijon > Nuits-Saint-Georges

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The first and only Individual Time Trial will be held in the vineyards of Bourgogne. After the start at Place de la Libération, the riders leave Dijon on flat roads before the ascent in the Combe Lavaux valley. Be aware of the descent and the narrow vineyard roads in the last part.


Stage 12 - Le Creusot > Clermont-Ferrand

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The longest stage of this year's edition. There bill be a hectic finale with two ascents in the end, you can compare it with the Lyon finish in the real TDF.


Stage 13 - Clermont-Ferrand > Col de Prat de Bouc

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One of the hardest stages in the race, and it's in the Massif Central! The start will cause pain to a lot of riders, but the last 50km with 4 hard ascents as well as a bonus sprint will cause huge time gaps between the riders.


Stage 14 - Saint-Chély-d'Apcher > Aubenas

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This long stage will likely be won by a breakaway rider as we stay in Massif Central a bit longer. The Cat.1 Col de Meyrand at 43km to go can break the peloton in pieces before the downhill section to Aubenas.


Stage 15 - Ruoms > Mont Ventoux

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The last stage of the second week and it ends on one of the most iconic mountains in France. Mont Ventoux brings an end to a hard second week of racing. Before that we enjoy views in the Ardèche valley.


Rest Day - Vaucluse


Stage 16 - Orange > Romans-sur-Isère

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Flat stage for the sprinters after rest day 2. Be aware of the wind at the end!


Stage 17 - Voiron > Albertville

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We enter the Alps with a stage which is favorable for a successful breakaway.


Stage 18 - Megève > Méribel Col de la Loze

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The queen stage! After a very hard start with Saisies, Pré and Roselend, we will have a GC battle at the highest point of the race at 2300m.


Stage 19 - Albertville > Annecy

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This stage will be decided at Mont Semnoz and in the downhill to Annecy. Yet again a lot of KOM points to take.


Stage 20 - Seynod > Grand Colombier

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The final stage before Paris! Three extremely hard ascents of Pyramide du Bugey with the climax at the MTF on Grand Colombier. Transfer via TGV at Annecy to Paris.


Stage 21 - Creil > Paris

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Standard laps at Champs-Élysées. Then we celebrate the winner(s) of this hard Tour!
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Re: Contest #7 - Tour de France 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Hi everyone!!

This is my Tour de France 2020 proposal. maps/tours/view/16074

I've tried to be innovative with less sprints, more medium mountain stages and terrain for breakaways and harder high mountain. Also, my TdF finishes with a hard and short cobblestones stage in Roubaix, which will decide the general classification. This design passes through 8 different regions and has finishes in each big mountain zones (Pyrenees, Massif Central, Alpes, Jura and Vosgues). My TdF has:
- 3587,23kms
- 8 flat stages (1 of pavés)
- 1 hilly ITT of 51kms
- 5 medium mountain stages
- 7 high mountain stages
- 4 of them ending in a KOM
- 84 categorized climbs
- 8 HC cat
- 16 1st cat
- 22 2nd cat
- 15 3rd cat
- 23 4th cat
Spoiler!
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Stage 1:
Despite the hard terrain sprinters shouldn't have major problems to win.
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Stage 2:
First hard stage of this tour. Very similar to the real tour one but with a much harder Col d'Èze that should spice things up.
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Stage 3:
Another difficult stage but sprinters should win in Manosque.
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Stage 4:
First top finish of this tour, Mont Ventoux. Inspired by the Etna stages in the first days of recent Giros, ASO has decided to introduce the same concept.
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Stage 5:
Super flat stage always near the sea, so the wind will be a protagonist. The last km is steep (1km - 4,5%).
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Stage 6:
Beautiful stage for puncheurs. My intention was to finish in the spectacular village of Cadaqués (SPA) but rules forbid that.
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My original route: maps/viewtrack/378659

Stage 7:
Second contact with the mountain with Perche, Pailhieres and Plateau de Beille.
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Stage 8:
Another awesome stage for puncheurs. Aspin should select a lot the peloton and the next steep climbs and tight roads will be a nightmare for the peloton.
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Stage 9:
Finish in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port after climbing Hourcere and Bagargi, two long steep climbs with a technical downhill.
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REST DAY

Stage 10:
We'll start the second weak with an "easy" flat stage for sprinters.
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Stage 11:
Inspired by this year's finish in Puy Mary and the 5th stage of 2016 TdF. A breakaway will most likely win and ther could be some gaps between the favourites.
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Stage 12:
Another Massif Central stage perfect for breakaways. We won't expect massive time gaps but if they put a high tempo we could see a lot of carnage.
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Stage 13:
Second last flat stage with a tricky finish in Aix-les-Bains.
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Stage 14:
First alpine stage with the unknown Plan Bois just before 8 flat kms into Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
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Stage 15:
Hardest stage of this TdF. Lots of big climbs like Roselend or Bisanne just before heading to the steep Col de Cenise a difficult downhill and a long uphill terrain to Les Gets. Similar to the typical Mortirolo+Aprica stages.
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REST DAY

Stage 16:
The only ITT of this Tour. We've already seen ITTs in Annecy but this one should be one of the hardest one yet, three little but steep climbs should totally break the timetrialists cadence.
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Stage 17:
Only stage in the Vosgues. Discovering the unreal Côte de Vesancy with 2kms above 14% climbers will have a gold opportunity to discount time. The original stage was meant to finish in the near La Dôle (SWI) climb.
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My original route: maps/viewtrack/378660

Stage 18:
Last high mountain stage ending in Grand Ballon after some hard climbs like Petit Ballon. Last chance to win the TdF.
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Stage 19:
Longest stage of this TdF. A breakaway could win but we shouldn't discard a massive sprint.
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Stage 20:
The cobblestones stage. We'll all be lying if we say that we wouldn't be intrigued to watch Roubaix in the last stage of one TdF, so here it is. It may be a total mess and be an absolute banger or the favourites could set the same pace and finish in a big group, we'll never know.
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Stage 21:
Traditional sprint stage in Champs-Elysées.
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