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

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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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