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Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

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Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by emmea90 » 08/03/2018, 10:29

Contest #4 - Tour de France 2018
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Four months between us and the 2nd Grand Tour of the season, so it's time to open the 2nd Cat. 1 contest.

The second contest will be - of course - focused on "La Grand Boucle". Like the giro, the contest will be about re-drawing and improving Tour de France 2018.
- You have to keep Vendeé grand Depart with 2 days of racing in it.
- Of course you have to end TDF in Champs-Elysees. This means that stage 20 must end near the start or near a city that has TGV
- You cannot repeat key parts of Tour de France 2017 real stages
- You have to put a stage start or a stage finish in at least 7 different france regions (divided with the 2014 France law that reduced the regions in a total of 18)
- 2018 is 100 years after WWI end, so you have to remember it in at least two stages. (Yes, even there |berlu )
- 15 of july will be the date of Fifa World Cup 2018 final and the final will be played at 16.00 CET. Stage must end early on that day, so you can draw a stage of maximum 150 Km length if flat or hilly and 120 Km max if it's a mountain stage.

Like the other GT contests, you can have a maximum of TWO routes submitted for this one instead of five.

The Tour should be balanced, offering a "Dumoulin" and a "Quintana" the same chances to compete for the yellow jersey.

The Deadline will be on Satuday 7 July, when the first inline stage of Tour de France will officially starts at Km 0

You must submit your routes in this topic submitting the link. As stated in general presentation, you can submit from 1 to 3 routes. You can use this topic also for asking the question - we can answer question about climb / road / finish praticability but we won't answer to anyone's questions in private, only in this topic.

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

Good luck anyone

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Il secondo contest dei grandi giri sarà ovviamente sul Tour de France. Come per il giro il tema del contest è ridisegnare e migliorare il Tour de France 2018.
- Dovete mantenere il Grand Depart in Vandea con due giorni di corsa
- Ovviamente dovete finire ai campi elisi. Questo comporta che la tappa precedente deve finire o vicino alla partenza oppure vicino ad una città servita da TGV
- Non potete ripetere passaggi chiave delle tappe del vero tour 2017
- Dovete inserire una partenza o un arrivo in almeno 7 diverse regioni francesi (fa fede la divisione amministrativa 2014, su 18 regioni totali)
- Ci devono essere due tappe che presentino un passaggio commemorativo della fine della 1a guerra mondiale. (Sì, anche qua)
- Il 15 di luglio c'è la finale del campionato del mondo di calcio. La tappa deve finire presto, per questo motivo la tappa di quel giorno può essere lunga al massimo 150 km se piatta o mossa e 120 se di montagna

Come negli altri contest dei GT potete presentare al massimo due percorsi.

Il Tour deve essere bilanciato offrendo a un "Dumoulin" e ad un "Quintana" le stesse chance di vittoria.

La scadenza è il 7 luglio quando il Tour de France passerà il Km 0 della prima tappa.
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by nebe » 04/06/2018, 19:43

emmea90 wrote:
08/03/2018, 10:29



Il secondo contest dei grandi giri sarà ovviamente sul Tour de France. Come per il giro il tema del contest è ridisegnare e migliorare il Tour de France 2018.
- Dovete mantenere il Grand Depart in Vandea con due giorni di corsa
- Ovviamente dovete finire ai campi elisi. Questo comporta che la tappa precedente deve finire o vicino alla partenza oppure vicino ad una città servita da TGV
- Non potete ripetere passaggi chiave delle tappe del vero tour 2017
- Dovete inserire una partenza o un arrivo in almeno 7 diverse regioni francesi (fa fede la divisione amministrativa 2014, su 18 regioni totali)
- Ci devono essere due tappe che presentino un passaggio commemorativo della fine della 1a guerra mondiale. (Sì, anche qua)
- Il 15 di luglio c'è la finale del campionato del mondo di calcio. La tappa deve finire presto, per questo motivo la tappa di quel giorno può essere lunga al massimo 150 km se piatta o mossa e 120 se di montagna

Come negli altri contest dei GT potete presentare al massimo due percorsi.

Il Tour deve essere bilanciato offrendo a un "Dumoulin" e ad un "Quintana" le stesse chance di vittoria.

La scadenza è il 7 luglio quando il Tour de France passerà il Km 0 della prima tappa.
Chiedo due chiarimenti:

1) La tappa del 15 luglio può essere una tappa a cronometro? Basterebbe far partire presto il primo corridore per non interferire con la finale dei mondiali

2) La città della penultima tappa deve essere servita da TGV per forza? L'aeroporto non va bene?

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by emmea90 » 04/06/2018, 21:27

nebe wrote:
04/06/2018, 19:43
emmea90 wrote:
08/03/2018, 10:29



Il secondo contest dei grandi giri sarà ovviamente sul Tour de France. Come per il giro il tema del contest è ridisegnare e migliorare il Tour de France 2018.
- Dovete mantenere il Grand Depart in Vandea con due giorni di corsa
- Ovviamente dovete finire ai campi elisi. Questo comporta che la tappa precedente deve finire o vicino alla partenza oppure vicino ad una città servita da TGV
- Non potete ripetere passaggi chiave delle tappe del vero tour 2017
- Dovete inserire una partenza o un arrivo in almeno 7 diverse regioni francesi (fa fede la divisione amministrativa 2014, su 18 regioni totali)
- Ci devono essere due tappe che presentino un passaggio commemorativo della fine della 1a guerra mondiale. (Sì, anche qua)
- Il 15 di luglio c'è la finale del campionato del mondo di calcio. La tappa deve finire presto, per questo motivo la tappa di quel giorno può essere lunga al massimo 150 km se piatta o mossa e 120 se di montagna

Come negli altri contest dei GT potete presentare al massimo due percorsi.

Il Tour deve essere bilanciato offrendo a un "Dumoulin" e ad un "Quintana" le stesse chance di vittoria.

La scadenza è il 7 luglio quando il Tour de France passerà il Km 0 della prima tappa.
Chiedo due chiarimenti:

1) La tappa del 15 luglio può essere una tappa a cronometro? Basterebbe far partire presto il primo corridore per non interferire con la finale dei mondiali

2) La città della penultima tappa deve essere servita da TGV per forza? L'aeroporto non va bene?
1) Si
2) Può andare bene anche l'aeroporto anche se i francesi di solito usano il treno. L'aeroporto deve essere nel caso un aeroporto internazionale
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by nebe » 06/06/2018, 19:54

Perché deve essere internazionale visto che il volo è nazionale?

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by emmea90 » 07/06/2018, 9:23

nebe wrote:
06/06/2018, 19:54
Perché deve essere internazionale visto che il volo è nazionale?
Perché gli aeroporti solamente nazionali non sono soliti ospitare voli delle dimensioni dell'intera carovana del Tour ma al massimo piccoli charter zizi
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by nebe » 07/06/2018, 16:57

Ancora una precisazione. Se voglio fare un trasferimento tra due città entrambe servite da TGV ma che non hanno un percorso diretto tra loro nelle tratte e quindi sarebbe necessario uno scalo andrebbe bene lo stesso?
Sai dove posso trovare l'elenco delle città servite da TGV?

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by DYDYDYDOU » 08/06/2018, 21:14

Xander66 wrote:
02/06/2018, 20:11
I decided to take a risk on this contest, creating a Tour de France without any real passage through the Pyrenees or the Alps. The big moutain chains is where everything has happened the last few years when it comes to the GC. Surprise attacks in medium mountain stages have become a rare thing, and that's why I chose to make a race like this.
This Tour will be decided in the smaller mountain chains of France: Vosges, Jura and Massif Central. The race will be more open for attacks, and the climbers will have to ride more offensive to beat the more puncher-types such as Valverde, Kwiatkowski etc.

maps/tours/view/8741

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Regions passed: Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Île-de-France
Three days we will race through Germany after last year's succes with the Grand Départ at Düsseldorf.

Full presentation is in the spoiler.

Spoiler!
Stage 1: La Roche-sur-Yon - Chantonnay

Image
We start with a flat stage, so most likely there will be a sprint battle for the first yellow jersey

Stage 2: Fontenay-le-Comte - Les Sables d'Olonne

Image
This stage will probably end with a sprint as well, but the last 30km follow the coast line, so there might be a chance for echelons.

Stage 3: Cognac - Périgueux

Image
Mostly flat stage, but a few short climbs in the final. It will be hard to control the stage, punchers will try to avoid a sprint. The yellow jersey might change shoulders here.

Stage 4: Périgueux - Bergerac (TTT)

Image
Long team time trial, first real time gaps will be made.

Stage 5: Cahors - Mazamet

Image
Another chance for sprinters after yesterday's hard TTT.

Stage 6: Carcassonne - Sète

Image
Cobble stages have always been a success the Tour, so this year we will try some white roads. 20km of dirt roads will definitely split the peloton, and the finish on a 3rd category hill in Sète will give us an interesting sprint between the survivors of this stage.

Stage 7: Nîmes - Vaison-la-Romaine

Image
First good chance for the breakaway, I don't think the teams with sprinters will do much effort to catch them.

Stage 8: Orange - Col du Rousset

Image
First mountain stage, first mountain top finish. GC-contenders who lost time on the white roads or in the TTT will have to take some of it back here.

Stage 9: Crest - Privas

Image
Short but fierce stage because of the World Cup final. Expect to see some fireworks here.


REST DAY 1: Riders will transfer to Nancy.


Stage 10: Nancy - Karlsruhe (GER)

Image
This stage remembers several battles that took place in the region of Nancy, in the first months of WW1. The sprinters will be fighting their own battle on German soil, in Karlsruhe.

Stage 11: Baden-Baden (GER) - Titisee-Neustadt (GER)

Image
Hard stage in Germany. Two category 1-climbs offer the perfect opportunity to split the peloton and put some opponents behind. GC-contenders with a good downhill could try and go alone.

Stage 12: Freiburg im Breisgau (GER) - Hartmannswillerkopf

Image
Another short stage, finish will be on top of the Hartmannswillerkopf. During WW1 several battles were fought here, about 30.000 soldiers lost their lives fighting here. The finish line will be in front of the National Monument.

Stage 13: Fellering - Le Markstein (ITT)

Image
To end the first part of mountain stages, there is an individual time trial of 22km where the riders will have to climb Le Markstein. True strength will be shown here.

Stage 14: Montbéliard - Champagnole

Image
Stage through the Jura, probably for baroudeurs.

Stage 15: Gex - Samoëns

Image
The final climb to Samoëns is the only Hors Category of this Tour. Tomorrow will be second rest day so the favourites can give it their all.


REST DAY 2: Short transfer to Lyon.


Stage 16: Lyon - Saint-Étienne

Image
Another sprinter stage between Lyon and Saint-Étienne. Don't expect much to happen here.

Stage 17: Yssingeaux - Le Puy-en-Velay (ITT)

Image
Last chance for the time-trial specialists to gain some time.

Stage 18: Le Puy-en-Velay - Clermont-Ferrand

Image
Last day of peace before we get to the conclusion of the Tour de France.

Stage 19: Clermont-Ferrand - Station du Mont-Dore

Image
Stage where you can never find a real flat road. The whole day will hard, finish will be at the Station du Mont-Dore. A breakaway might take the stage win, but the GC-contenders will have a fight of their own for sure.

Stage 20: Bort-les-Orgues - Le Lioran

Image
Final stage to take some time. These 4 climbs, not the hardest ones, but after 20 days more than enough, in the last 50km is where it all will happen.

Stage 21: Meulan-en-Yvelines - Paris-Champs-Élysées

Image
The traditional ending of the Tour de France. But I do wonder how it would be to end somewhere else in France...
Hello,
What software or what website you use to draw your route on the map of the Tour de France ?

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by Xander66 » 09/06/2018, 14:05

DYDYDYDOU wrote:
08/06/2018, 21:14
Xander66 wrote:
02/06/2018, 20:11
I decided to take a risk on this contest, creating a Tour de France without any real passage through the Pyrenees or the Alps. The big moutain chains is where everything has happened the last few years when it comes to the GC. Surprise attacks in medium mountain stages have become a rare thing, and that's why I chose to make a race like this.
This Tour will be decided in the smaller mountain chains of France: Vosges, Jura and Massif Central. The race will be more open for attacks, and the climbers will have to ride more offensive to beat the more puncher-types such as Valverde, Kwiatkowski etc.

maps/tours/view/8741

Image

Regions passed: Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Île-de-France
Three days we will race through Germany after last year's succes with the Grand Départ at Düsseldorf.

Full presentation is in the spoiler.

Spoiler!
Stage 1: La Roche-sur-Yon - Chantonnay

Image
We start with a flat stage, so most likely there will be a sprint battle for the first yellow jersey

Stage 2: Fontenay-le-Comte - Les Sables d'Olonne

Image
This stage will probably end with a sprint as well, but the last 30km follow the coast line, so there might be a chance for echelons.

Stage 3: Cognac - Périgueux

Image
Mostly flat stage, but a few short climbs in the final. It will be hard to control the stage, punchers will try to avoid a sprint. The yellow jersey might change shoulders here.

Stage 4: Périgueux - Bergerac (TTT)

Image
Long team time trial, first real time gaps will be made.

Stage 5: Cahors - Mazamet

Image
Another chance for sprinters after yesterday's hard TTT.

Stage 6: Carcassonne - Sète

Image
Cobble stages have always been a success the Tour, so this year we will try some white roads. 20km of dirt roads will definitely split the peloton, and the finish on a 3rd category hill in Sète will give us an interesting sprint between the survivors of this stage.

Stage 7: Nîmes - Vaison-la-Romaine

Image
First good chance for the breakaway, I don't think the teams with sprinters will do much effort to catch them.

Stage 8: Orange - Col du Rousset

Image
First mountain stage, first mountain top finish. GC-contenders who lost time on the white roads or in the TTT will have to take some of it back here.

Stage 9: Crest - Privas

Image
Short but fierce stage because of the World Cup final. Expect to see some fireworks here.


REST DAY 1: Riders will transfer to Nancy.


Stage 10: Nancy - Karlsruhe (GER)

Image
This stage remembers several battles that took place in the region of Nancy, in the first months of WW1. The sprinters will be fighting their own battle on German soil, in Karlsruhe.

Stage 11: Baden-Baden (GER) - Titisee-Neustadt (GER)

Image
Hard stage in Germany. Two category 1-climbs offer the perfect opportunity to split the peloton and put some opponents behind. GC-contenders with a good downhill could try and go alone.

Stage 12: Freiburg im Breisgau (GER) - Hartmannswillerkopf

Image
Another short stage, finish will be on top of the Hartmannswillerkopf. During WW1 several battles were fought here, about 30.000 soldiers lost their lives fighting here. The finish line will be in front of the National Monument.

Stage 13: Fellering - Le Markstein (ITT)

Image
To end the first part of mountain stages, there is an individual time trial of 22km where the riders will have to climb Le Markstein. True strength will be shown here.

Stage 14: Montbéliard - Champagnole

Image
Stage through the Jura, probably for baroudeurs.

Stage 15: Gex - Samoëns

Image
The final climb to Samoëns is the only Hors Category of this Tour. Tomorrow will be second rest day so the favourites can give it their all.


REST DAY 2: Short transfer to Lyon.


Stage 16: Lyon - Saint-Étienne

Image
Another sprinter stage between Lyon and Saint-Étienne. Don't expect much to happen here.

Stage 17: Yssingeaux - Le Puy-en-Velay (ITT)

Image
Last chance for the time-trial specialists to gain some time.

Stage 18: Le Puy-en-Velay - Clermont-Ferrand

Image
Last day of peace before we get to the conclusion of the Tour de France.

Stage 19: Clermont-Ferrand - Station du Mont-Dore

Image
Stage where you can never find a real flat road. The whole day will hard, finish will be at the Station du Mont-Dore. A breakaway might take the stage win, but the GC-contenders will have a fight of their own for sure.

Stage 20: Bort-les-Orgues - Le Lioran

Image
Final stage to take some time. These 4 climbs, not the hardest ones, but after 20 days more than enough, in the last 50km is where it all will happen.

Stage 21: Meulan-en-Yvelines - Paris-Champs-Élysées

Image
The traditional ending of the Tour de France. But I do wonder how it would be to end somewhere else in France...
Hello,
What software or what website you use to draw your route on the map of the Tour de France ?
Hello

You can find the map and every other icon you may need to create your own map with this link:
http://legruppetto.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 60#p838265

I used paint.net as my photoshop program, but everything is explained once again if you follow the url.

Good luck!

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by DYDYDYDOU » 09/06/2018, 18:59

Xander66 wrote:
09/06/2018, 14:05
DYDYDYDOU wrote:
08/06/2018, 21:14
Xander66 wrote:
02/06/2018, 20:11
I decided to take a risk on this contest, creating a Tour de France without any real passage through the Pyrenees or the Alps. The big moutain chains is where everything has happened the last few years when it comes to the GC. Surprise attacks in medium mountain stages have become a rare thing, and that's why I chose to make a race like this.
This Tour will be decided in the smaller mountain chains of France: Vosges, Jura and Massif Central. The race will be more open for attacks, and the climbers will have to ride more offensive to beat the more puncher-types such as Valverde, Kwiatkowski etc.

maps/tours/view/8741

Image

Regions passed: Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Île-de-France
Three days we will race through Germany after last year's succes with the Grand Départ at Düsseldorf.

Full presentation is in the spoiler.

Spoiler!
Stage 1: La Roche-sur-Yon - Chantonnay

Image
We start with a flat stage, so most likely there will be a sprint battle for the first yellow jersey

Stage 2: Fontenay-le-Comte - Les Sables d'Olonne

Image
This stage will probably end with a sprint as well, but the last 30km follow the coast line, so there might be a chance for echelons.

Stage 3: Cognac - Périgueux

Image
Mostly flat stage, but a few short climbs in the final. It will be hard to control the stage, punchers will try to avoid a sprint. The yellow jersey might change shoulders here.

Stage 4: Périgueux - Bergerac (TTT)

Image
Long team time trial, first real time gaps will be made.

Stage 5: Cahors - Mazamet

Image
Another chance for sprinters after yesterday's hard TTT.

Stage 6: Carcassonne - Sète

Image
Cobble stages have always been a success the Tour, so this year we will try some white roads. 20km of dirt roads will definitely split the peloton, and the finish on a 3rd category hill in Sète will give us an interesting sprint between the survivors of this stage.

Stage 7: Nîmes - Vaison-la-Romaine

Image
First good chance for the breakaway, I don't think the teams with sprinters will do much effort to catch them.

Stage 8: Orange - Col du Rousset

Image
First mountain stage, first mountain top finish. GC-contenders who lost time on the white roads or in the TTT will have to take some of it back here.

Stage 9: Crest - Privas

Image
Short but fierce stage because of the World Cup final. Expect to see some fireworks here.


REST DAY 1: Riders will transfer to Nancy.


Stage 10: Nancy - Karlsruhe (GER)

Image
This stage remembers several battles that took place in the region of Nancy, in the first months of WW1. The sprinters will be fighting their own battle on German soil, in Karlsruhe.

Stage 11: Baden-Baden (GER) - Titisee-Neustadt (GER)

Image
Hard stage in Germany. Two category 1-climbs offer the perfect opportunity to split the peloton and put some opponents behind. GC-contenders with a good downhill could try and go alone.

Stage 12: Freiburg im Breisgau (GER) - Hartmannswillerkopf

Image
Another short stage, finish will be on top of the Hartmannswillerkopf. During WW1 several battles were fought here, about 30.000 soldiers lost their lives fighting here. The finish line will be in front of the National Monument.

Stage 13: Fellering - Le Markstein (ITT)

Image
To end the first part of mountain stages, there is an individual time trial of 22km where the riders will have to climb Le Markstein. True strength will be shown here.

Stage 14: Montbéliard - Champagnole

Image
Stage through the Jura, probably for baroudeurs.

Stage 15: Gex - Samoëns

Image
The final climb to Samoëns is the only Hors Category of this Tour. Tomorrow will be second rest day so the favourites can give it their all.


REST DAY 2: Short transfer to Lyon.


Stage 16: Lyon - Saint-Étienne

Image
Another sprinter stage between Lyon and Saint-Étienne. Don't expect much to happen here.

Stage 17: Yssingeaux - Le Puy-en-Velay (ITT)

Image
Last chance for the time-trial specialists to gain some time.

Stage 18: Le Puy-en-Velay - Clermont-Ferrand

Image
Last day of peace before we get to the conclusion of the Tour de France.

Stage 19: Clermont-Ferrand - Station du Mont-Dore

Image
Stage where you can never find a real flat road. The whole day will hard, finish will be at the Station du Mont-Dore. A breakaway might take the stage win, but the GC-contenders will have a fight of their own for sure.

Stage 20: Bort-les-Orgues - Le Lioran

Image
Final stage to take some time. These 4 climbs, not the hardest ones, but after 20 days more than enough, in the last 50km is where it all will happen.

Stage 21: Meulan-en-Yvelines - Paris-Champs-Élysées

Image
The traditional ending of the Tour de France. But I do wonder how it would be to end somewhere else in France...
Hello,
What software or what website you use to draw your route on the map of the Tour de France ?
Hello

You can find the map and every other icon you may need to create your own map with this link:
http://legruppetto.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 60#p838265

I used paint.net as my photoshop program, but everything is explained once again if you follow the url.

Good luck!
Ok
Thank you very much !

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by kanon16 » 15/06/2018, 0:35

Hi! I'm happy to present my Tour de France 2018:

maps/tours/view/9444
(Here you can find also the descriptions of each stage)

Preview: 21 Stages

1) St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie > Saint-Jean-le-Monts / 20,90 Km / Team-Time-Trial
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2) Challans > Clisson / 170,84 Km / Plain
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3) Nantes > Tours / 233,92 Km / Plain
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4) Château-du-Loir > Falaise / 207,70 Km / Plain
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5) Lisieux > Dieppe / 206,50 Km / Plain
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6) Saint-Valery-sur-Somme > Cambrai / 180,61 Km / Plain
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7) Verdun > Nancy Aérodrome / 222,21 Km / Medium Mountain
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8) Nancy > Château du Haut Koenigsbourg / 191,44 Km / Medium Mountain
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9) Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines > La Bresse - Col du Brabant / 118,61 Km / Medium Mountain
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REST DAY 1

10) Autun > Mâcon / 156,50 Km / Medium Mountain
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11) Bourg-en-Bresse > Annecy-Semnoz / 157,28 Km / High Mountain
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12) Annecy > Grenoble / 155,15 Km / Plain
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13) Grenoble > Albertville / 206,51 Km / High Mountain
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14) Albertville > Col du Mont-Cenis - Plan des Fontainettes / 163,69 Km / High Mountain
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15) Briançon > Aix-en-Provence / 238,45 Km / Plain
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REST DAY 2

16) Carcassonne > Carcassonne / 39,72 Km / Individual-Time-Trial
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17) Castelnaudary > Lannemezan / 176,21 Km / Plain
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18) Tarbes > Lac de Payolle / 212,79 Km / High Mountain
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19) Roquefort-sur-Garonne > Ax-3-Domaines / 193,54 Km / High Mountain
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20) Les Angles > Port-Vendres / 177,07 Km / Medium Mountain
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21) Versailles > Paris Champs-Élysées / 100,79 Km / Plain
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1 Team Time Trial
1 Individual Time Trial
9 Flat Stages
5 Medium-Mountain Stages
5 High-Mountain Stages

IWW-Memory Stages: 6 & 7
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by benoît.guillot » 15/06/2018, 11:28

Here I present the second try i've made to please your eyes about a fantasy Tour de France 2018

maps/tours/view/9673

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- 07/07 : Stage 1 Noirmoutier-en-L'île > Les Herbiers 199.24 Km Plain

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First stage, First battle for srpinters. Only 1 for the polka dot jersey, still, cyclists will be fighting with another enemy : wind


- 08/07 : Stage 2 La-Roche-sur-Yon > Le Puy du Fou 54.20 Km TTT

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This first TT will allow leaders to take part of the early battle for the yellow jersey


- 09/07 : Stage 3 La Roche-sur-Yon > Jarnac 180.81 Km Plain

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Leaving Vendée but another sprint one the road.


- 10/07 : Stage 4 Angoulème > Tulle 174.50 Km Plain

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First difficult stage as the pack reaching the Massif Central. Last day of rest before the first big battle


- 11/07 : Stage 5 Tulle > Aurillac 188.39 Km Medium Moutain

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The battle begin softly. Yet, several climbs will make leaders take their responsabilities in case of one of them is either missing or attacking.


- 12/07 : Stage 6 Figeac > Marmande 188.83 Km Plain

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Half turn and strauight ahead, back to the ocean. Sprint one more time.


- 13/07 : Stage 7 Bordeaux > Biarritz 232.80 Km Plain

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The longest stage of ths Tour. Sprint without a doubt but it will be the last before a long time


- 14/07 : Rest In Pau



- 15/07 : Stage 8 Oloron-Sainte-Marie > La Pierre-Saint-Martin High Moutain

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Day of the final of the Football World Cup ! Go France ! Short stage in the Tour de France, but a very hard one ! Finish line in la Pierre-Saint-Martin after 3 hard climbs


- 16/07 : Stage 9 Accous > La Mongie 175.09 Km High Moutain

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175 kilometers of a epic battle ending by climbing the Tourmalet before a short downhill to reach the finish line. One of the very greatest moment of that Tour.


- 17/07 : Stage 10 Saint-Lary-Soulan > Vicdessos 191.48 Km High Moutain

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Last day in the Pyrennés, last High moutain stage before a while. Leaders would certaintly be enjoying the warm of the pack while lieutenant would try to add a prestigious victory on their career. Or will it be no such things? Wait and see...


- 18/07 : Stage 11 Foix > Béziers 174.96 Km Plain

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Down to the sea, cyclists would have a look to the walls of the medieval city of Carcassonne. Still, there is no chance that sprinters let this win go.


- 19/07 : Stage 12 Béziers > Les Baux-de-Provence 198.32 Km Medium Moutain

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This time no sprinter would make it in les Baux de Provence ! The finish of that stage is too difficult for them. However, strong punchers will dynamite the race to take the win.


- 20/07 : Stage 13 Pernes-les-Fontaines > Valence 169.72 Km Plain

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And we go back to a sprinter race.


- 21/07 : Stage 14 Valence > Grenoble 169.72 Km Plain

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Even if some beautiful climb will spice the begin iof the satge a little, for the last sure time, no doubt about who's gonna take the victory.


- 22/07 : Rest in Grenoble



- 23/07 : Stage 15 Grenoble > Passy 204.50 Km High Moutain

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Arriving in the Alps by some spectacular climb. Too soon and not enough hard for leaders but still hard things too do to keep the pack.


- 24/07 : Stage 16 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc > Alp Rionda 187.33 Km High Moutain

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Big Battle out there ! 7 Climb included to HC climbs. The finish line will be the unseen Alp Rionda above Aigle in Switzerland.


- 25/07 : Stage 17 Montreux > Besançon - Citadelle 186.91 Km Medium Moutain

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Very difficult stage with no rest during the whole stage. Short and hard climb, a few of them not categorized. Finish line will be at the top of the climb of the Citadelle after several hundred meters at more than 10%.


- 26/07 : Stage 18 Besançon > Mulhouse 189.38 Km Plain

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First difficult stage as the pack reaching the Massif Central. Last day of rest before the first big battle


- 27/07 : Stage 19 Mulhouse > Hartmannswillerkopf 209.35 Km High Moutain

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Last high moutain stage. Very last time that leaders could attack and take time on their opposents. That will be hell of a stage. We will also commemorate WW1 battle of Hartmannswillerkopf with this stage.


- 28/07 : Stage 20 Rethondes - Mémorial de l'Armistice > Rethondes - Mémorial de l'Armistice 44.77 Km ITT

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Last round against the clock around the armistice memorial in Rethonds, place of the signature of the armistice of 1918. Yellow jersey would celebrate as the alst cyclist cross the finish line : victory would be his.


- 29/07 : Stage 21 Crecy-la-Chapelle > Paris - Champs Elysées 102.77 Km Plain

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Défilé in the street of the french capital before the very last battle for sprinter. After 3 weeks of race, that finish line will be abour proud and relief

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by TimoNierop » 16/06/2018, 11:28

My created Tour de France:
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07/07: Stage 1. Challans-Challans, TT, 9,5km
The Grand-Départ in the Vendee brings us to Challans. We begin with a very technical prologue in the streets of Challans.
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08/07: Stage 2. Saint-Jean-de-Monts-Les Herbiers, Plain, 198,5km
The first sprint finish of this Tour. With some little hills, where the first polka dot jersey will be handed out, the final it won't be a easy.
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09/07: Stage 3. Bressuire-Vendôme, Plain, 204km
Second bunch sprint with the finish in Vendôme. It will be a long day.
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10/07: Stage 4. Blois-Evreux, Plain, 220,5km
The same as Stage 3. A long day on the bike and finishes with a bunch sprint.
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11/07: Stage 5. Evreux-Le Tréport, Plain, 224,5km
Still a long day, but much harder than previous stages. The pure sprinters will find this much more difficult.
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12/07: Stage 6. Amiens-Valenciennes, Plain, 133km
Today we have a cobble stage towards Valenciennes. This stage is a remembrance of the battle of Valenciennes(1918) during the WW1.
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13/07: Stage 7. Hirson-Mémorial de Verdun, Medium Mountain, 211km
The first hilly stage which is suited to the puncheurs. As we finish next to the memorial of Verdun we think about the battle of Verdun during the WW1.
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14/07: Stage 8. Nancy-Gérardmer, Medium Mountain, 216km
Today the GC riders will face their first real test. After the Col de Sapois the riders will descent to Gérardmer
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15/07: Stage 9. Gérardmer-Mulhouse, Medium Mountain(final is flat), 130km
The last stage before the rest day. Because of the World Cup final this will be a short stage. The start of this race is very difficult with some climbs, but after those it's a long time very flat. It's most likely to end up in a bunch sprint.
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flight to Pau
16/07: Rest day in Pau

17/07: Stage 10, Pau-Col de la Pierre Saint Martin, High Mountain, 131km
The first high mountain stage. A really difficult day which finishes with a bang.
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18/07: Stage 11, Arette-Luz-Ardiden, High Mountain, 118km
After yesterdays stage there will be no rest. A short monster stage to Luz-Ardiden
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19/07: Stage 12, Lourdes-Foix, Medium Mountain, 179km
Probably a stage for the breakaway to stay away. This stage won't damage the GC riders that much.
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20/07: Stage 13, Limoux-Argèles-sur-Mer, Plain, 142km
Today we have a flat stage which finishes at the coast. The wind can be a problem.
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21/07: Stage 14, Perpignan-Perpignan, TT, 45km
A longer time trial today. A ride towards the coast and than back to Perpignan.
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22/07: Stage 15, Perpignan-Montpellier, Plain, 218km
A long but difficult stage. As we follow the coast, the wind can play a massive role in todays stage.
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23/07: Rest day in Montpellier and Nimes

24/07: Stage 16, Nimes-Gap, Medium Mountain, 218km
A transition stage for the breakaway. No stage for GC riders or sprinters.
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25/07: Stage 17, Gap-Chamrousse, High Mountain, 146,5km
As we enter the Alpes, the stages will become more and more difficult. This stage is a clear example of that.
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26/07: Stage 18, Le Freney-d'Oisans-Les Deux Alpes, TT, 12km
A mountain time trial up to Les Deux Alpes. As Alpe d'Huez being the better "brother" I decided to give Les Deux Alpes a Tour de France finish.
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27/07: Stage 19, Le Bourg- d'Oisans-Beaufort, High Mountain, 161km
Another tough day with a lot of high mountain giants. With a not so difficult last climbs the difference should be made earlier on. The Col des Cyclotouristes will be a good climb for that.
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28/07: Stage 20, Albertville-Annecy, High Mountain, 185km
A seriously hard stage with a downhill finish. The descent will put some pressure on the riders.
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29/07: Stage 21, Eaubonne-Paris, Plain, 110km
Not much more to say. Just a last sprint finish
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by Pontix » 17/06/2018, 17:13

Here's my Tour de France 2018: maps/tours/view/9592

Stage 1: La Roche-sur-Yon > La Roche-sur-Yon (8.35 km): crono prologue completly flat. No problem for the GC contenders
Stage 2: La Roche-sur-Yon > Les Herbies (194 km): a short climb at -15km could be a launch for somebody, otherwise there will be a mass sprint
Stage 3: Les Herbiers > Saint-Nazaire (192 Km): flat satge, mass sprint
Stage 4: Saint-Nazaire > Mur de Bretagne (155 Km): first up-hill arrives the GC contenders will have a first test
Stage 5: Guingamp > Granville (204 Km): another mass sprint
Stage 6: Caen > Amiens (244 km): the longest stage, could be in the legs of the riders in tomorrow stage...
Stage 7: Calais > Dunkirk (42 km) (ITT): a long ITT for specialist, some GC condenders could pay an high price
Stage 8: Ypres > Arenberg (200 km): remembering the five battles of Ypres passing trogh Passchendale (fourth battle of Ypres), an on the route of Ronde Van Valandereen and Paris-Roubaix
Stage 9: Sedan > Verdun (143 km): a short stage for the FIFA World Cup final remebering two battles of WWI
Rest day
Stage 10: Nancy > Ballon d'Alsace (194 km): the first real climb and up-hill finish, we can understand how will not win this TdF
Stage 11: Digione > Lione (197 km): the last mass sprint before the penultimate stage
Stage 12: Chambery > Culoz (195 km): the arrive is at the end of the descent of Grand Colombiere, someone could try to reduce his gap in GC
Stage 13: Albertville > Les Deux Alpes (164 km): the last part is the same than in 1998 with the win of the "Pirata"
Stage 14: Guillestre > Mont Ventoux (199 km): arrive on the top of the MOnt Ventoux from the opposite side than last year
Stage 15: Avignone > Mende (178 km): a stage for how will try to escape from the peloton
Rest day
Stage 16: Mende > Rodez (160 km): another stage for how will try to escape from the peloton
Stage 17: Albi > Foix (168 km): a small sprint
Stage 18: Foix > Bagneres de Luchon (153 km): an high mountain satge but with a lots of km from the end of Col de Mende to Bagneres de Luchon
Stage 19: Pau > Lac de Payole (188 km): the last stage for how want to try to win the TdF, the Tourmalet and the Aspin will be crucial
Stage 20: Tarbes > Bordeaux (215 km): with no difficults there will be a mass sprint before the Champs-Elysées
Stage 21: Fontainebleau > Paris - Champs Elysees (132 km): the final stage in Paris

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by benoît.guillot » 19/06/2018, 7:48

Pontix wrote:
17/06/2018, 17:13
Here's my Tour de France 2018: maps/tours/view/9592

Stage 1: La Roche-sur-Yon > La Roche-sur-Yon (8.35 km): crono prologue completly flat. No problem for the GC contenders
Stage 2: La Roche-sur-Yon > Les Herbies (194 km): a short climb at -15km could be a launch for somebody, otherwise there will be a mass sprint
Stage 3: Les Herbiers > Saint-Nazaire (192 Km): flat satge, mass sprint
Stage 4: Saint-Nazaire > Mur de Bretagne (155 Km): first up-hill arrives the GC contenders will have a first test
Stage 5: Guingamp > Granville (204 Km): another mass sprint
Stage 6: Caen > Amiens (244 km): the longest stage, could be in the legs of the riders in tomorrow stage...
Stage 7: Calais > Dunkirk (42 km) (ITT): a long ITT for specialist, some GC condenders could pay an high price
Stage 8: Ypres > Arenberg (200 km): remembering the five battles of Ypres passing trogh Passchendale (fourth battle of Ypres), an on the route of Ronde Van Valandereen and Paris-Roubaix
Stage 9: Sedan > Verdun (143 km): a short stage for the FIFA World Cup final remebering two battles of WWI
Rest day
Stage 10: Nancy > Ballon d'Alsace (194 km): the first real climb and up-hill finish, we can understand how will not win this TdF
Stage 11: Digione > Lione (197 km): the last mass sprint before the penultimate stage
Stage 12: Chambery > Culoz (195 km): the arrive is at the end of the descent of Grand Colombiere, someone could try to reduce his gap in GC
Stage 13: Albertville > Les Deux Alpes (164 km): the last part is the same than in 1998 with the win of the "Pirata"
Stage 14: Guillestre > Mont Ventoux (199 km): arrive on the top of the MOnt Ventoux from the opposite side than last year
Stage 15: Avignone > Mende (178 km): a stage for how will try to escape from the peloton
Rest day
Stage 16: Mende > Rodez (160 km): another stage for how will try to escape from the peloton
Stage 17: Albi > Foix (168 km): a small sprint
Stage 18: Foix > Bagneres de Luchon (153 km): an high mountain satge but with a lots of km from the end of Col de Mende to Bagneres de Luchon
Stage 19: Pau > Lac de Payole (188 km): the last stage for how want to try to win the TdF, the Tourmalet and the Aspin will be crucial
Stage 20: Tarbes > Bordeaux (215 km): with no difficults there will be a mass sprint before the Champs-Elysées
Stage 21: Fontainebleau > Paris - Champs Elysees (132 km): the final stage in Paris
Hi Dude !

Just to let you know that some of the point you've created to trace your roads are strictly impossible ^^ Watch your stage ending in Verdun : your road is making a half turn on the same street a few meters before the arrival and the finish line is in the middle of nowhere (I think you were trying to reach the battlefield of Verdun wich is a few meter north of the point you've drew).

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by jibvalverde » 19/06/2018, 18:19

Here is my Tour de France 2018, v1 : maps/tours/view/8638
Spoiler!
1re étape : La Roche-sur-Yon > La Roche-sur-Yon (32km, ITT)

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A time trial to start, relatively long and far from easy, with 7500m of dirt road divided into 5 sectors. What already create first gaps.

2e étape : Les Sables-d'Olonne > Fontenay-le-Comte (138km)

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A priori, a first favorable to sprinters. But the many dirt roads in the program could strongly disrupt the pack, make differences and offer a new leader, especially as the stage is quite short.
3e étape : La Rochelle > Augoulême (176km)

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This time, no dirt road but a fairly simple step towards Angoulême who should suffer a sprinter-puncher. No big percentages but climbs that will stretch the peloton in the final.
4e étape : Montbron-Angoulême > Périgueux (204km)

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No massive sprint at Périgeux, it's a certainty. With no less than 16 climbs on the program, it's a real puncher who should win, unless a leader tries his luck in the final. Also watch out for the breakaway.
5e étape : Bérgerac > Condom (178km)

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Still many climbs (12) on the road to Condom but, this time, the sprinters should be there in the end. Unless you are ahead of the breakaway.
6e étape : Mirande > Bagnères-de-Bigorre (182km)

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Will the favorites move already? Towards Bagneres-de-Bigorre, they will have the opportunity with the ascent of the Col de Palomières (2nd cat) in the final. The mountain is approaching ...
7e étape : Lourdes > Lannemezan (199km)

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Not a moutain stage but favorable to a punchy man.
8e étape : Saint-Lary Soulan > Superbagnères (172km)

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This is the first major mountain leg of this Tour and everything will be played in the last 70 kilometers. After a flat start, the riders will face the Port of Bales before climbing to Superbagnères. Very heavy!
9e étape : Bagnères-de-Luchon > Saint-Girons (115km)

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For this World Cup final Sunday, a sprint format in the high mountains towards Saint-Girons. The opportunity to attack with the Col de Mente, Portet d'Aspet and Col de la Core before a final downhill.
REST

10e étape : Château de Versailles > Amiens (189km)

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After a day of rest, head towards the Paris region with the crossing of the hilly Parc de Vexin and a step drawn between Versailles and Amiens that should smile to the sprinters.
11e étape : Arras > Valenciennes (124km)

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Attention trap day! Between Arras and Valenciennes, two cities so affected by the WW1, the runners will also live a hell, with no less than 13 sectors, 26.3km paved. With the last sector, Saultain, located 6km from the finish, little chance to attend a sprint. For the favorites, it will be necessary to be present.
12e étape : Maubeuge > Charleville-Mézières (221km)

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In the aftermath of the paving stones, climbers who have suffered the day before will be able to react with a very hilly stage towards Charleville-Mézières with the ascents notably the side of Saint-Roch Chapel and the Mont Despite Tour (2nd cat).
13e étape : Sedan > Nancy (202km)

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This time, back to business for the sprinters in Nancy, despite some climbs to mid-stage.
14e étape : Lunévile > Le Hohneck (159km)

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First half mountain stage of the weekend with an arrival at the top, at the Hohneck station, beyond the Schucht pass (2nd cat) but also three other passes of 2nd category.
15e étape : Colmar > Cernay (173km)

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New stage in medium mountain with three passes of 2nd category on the program including Col Amic, whose summit will be 17km from the finish. But the riders will have to face the slopes of the Grand Ballon, 43km from the finish at Cernay. On the day before rest day, be careful!
16e étape : Nice > Le Muy (159km)

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Day for sprinters in the direction of Muy, even if they will be wary of different climbs that bristle the course.
17e étape : Draguignan > Tallard (221km)

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First step in the Alps, even if we stay on the edge of the road to Tallard. Two passes of 2nd cat, two of 1st cat and especially a final complicated beyond the ascents of Foureyssasse (2nd) and Urtis les Mamets (1st), a new climb with its 8km to 7%.
18e étape : Gap > Grenoble (168km)

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A classic between Gap and Grenoble but with a new layout since it will be a stage ... for sprinters! Attention anyway to the climb of Chartreuse, whose summit will be 23km from the finish.
19e étape : Grenoble > Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne (172km)

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First big mountain stage towards Saint-Jean de Maurienne! After the early climb of the Col de Laffrey (1st cat), the riders will face the Col d'Ornon (2nd cat) and the Fayolle (2nd cat) before rubbing the giant Col du Galibier (HC) the summit will be located 36km from the finish, while the bottom of the defense of the latter.
20e étape : Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Courchevel (106km)

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This is the last opportunity for the leaders to reverse the overall standings. And the least we can say is that the stage lends itself with three climbs in just 106km. The runners will first link Col du Chaussy (1st) and Col de la Madeleine (HC) before diving towards the foot of the final climb to the resort of Courchevel, which has not been seen on the Tour since the victory of Valverde in 2005.
21e étape : Meaux > Paris-Champs Elysées (90km)

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It is a classic final stage, drawn in Paris for its vast majority. The paradise of sprinters.
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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by jibvalverde » 19/06/2018, 18:19

Here is my Tour de France 2018, v2 : maps/tours/view/9749

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Re: Tour de France 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 7/7)

Post by chuimiento » 21/06/2018, 13:29

Here is my Tour de France: maps/tours/view/9171

This is my proposal for the redrawn of 2018 Tour de France.

The two rest days are placed as following:
- From Stage 9 to Stage 10 (Transfer Nancy-Besançon)
- From Stage 15 to Stage 16 (Nice-Nimes)

- Grand Depart: Vendée. Stages 1 to 3 are placed in this department.
- Finish in Champs Elysées. Stage 20 finishes in La Mongie, near Lourdes, where the race can take a TGV to go to Paris.
- The race crosses 9 regions: Pays de la Loire, Bretagne, Normandie, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhone-Alps, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur and Occitaine.
- There are three stages which commemorate WWI: Stages 6 (Amiens), 7 (Compiégne) and 8 (Verdun).
- Stage 9 is specially short due to the final of the FIFA World Cup.
Spoiler!

Stage 1 Les Sables d'Olonne - Les Sables d'Olonne

The first stage of this Tour de France is a short TTT in the town of Les Sables d'Olonne, principal touristic destiny of the Vendée department. Known by its famous beaches, the city will host a fast time trial, plenty of flat straights through the roads and wide streets of Les Sables d'Olonne. The start and the final part of the route will be in the seashore, which could mean wind for the riders, making this stage really technical. Gaps could be larger than expected.

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Stage 2 La Roche sur Yon - Noirmoutier en l'Île

The first line stage of this Tour the France is a mid-distance, completely flat stage. It goes completely through the Vendée department, as well as the initial Time Trial and the third stage. The main difficulty and attractive of the stage is the Passage du Gois, the road which is submerged the main part of the day. Moisture, cobbles and unstability of the road could make some brave rider to attack and maybe obtain some advantage for the last 10 km of the stage. Otherwise, and unless a fall gives other problems to the race, the mass sprint is assured.

Special security measures must be taken for the Passage du Gois: if the Passage is still submerged by the pass through La-Barre-de-Monts, the race must be deflected by the standard bridge into the Nourmoutier island, special security measures will also be allowed for, in the case some problem happens inside the Passage, the riders involved can be evicted in time for avoiding the tide. Low tide is expected on 8 July at 19.37, so the fastest scenario might expect the race to go through the Passage du Gois at 19.00 aproximately.

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Stage 3 Challans - Les Herbiers

Third stage and final Vendée Grand Depart stage is a long, nervous and hilly one. The route crosses the central area of the Vendée department, and the most mountainous region of the Vendée, spoilt with very small cotes. In the stage, 9 cotes are going to be climbed, of which only 5 are punctuable as 4th category.

The stage can be divided en three parts. The first third is the most flat of it, going southeastwards from the town of Challans, approachnig and surrounding the main city La Roche sur Yon. After the intermediate sprint of La Ferrière the second part of the stage starts, with increasing difficulty. This second part features very short climbs, but in some of them it goes in narrow roads and without a meter of plain ground, which will make the race nervous and difficult to control. The only punctuable climb in this zone is the Côte du Fuiteau, which will bring the first points for the KOM jersey. After this second part, the final part starts around the towns of Mouchamps or Saint-Prouant. This third part is the most demanding, with 4 cotes of 4th category. The first two climbs are short but steep, with slopes around 8%, while the two final climbs are longer and softer (around 3%). Maybe some attacks could make it to the end in an early or late attack, or maybe the peloton could suffer some selection because of the punch of the riders who want the stage win. Specially remarkable is also the narrow road segment after the last climb, Mont des Alouettes, which will make the final descent uncontrollable and nervous.

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Action is served in an early, hilly stage with taste of classic.

Stage 4 Nantes - Rennes

Complete flat stage between the two cities of Nantes of Rennes. The route leaves Pays de la Loire and enters the Bretagne into the finish in the main city of Rennes.

The route hasn't got any difficulties, it is mainly flat in wide roads of west France. Probably, the only factor which could make the race difficult is the wind, although the route doesn't features the seashore. There is one short climb of 4th category, just before the intermediate sprint, points that will be overcome by a breakaway. Probably, the stage will finish with a mass sprint.

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Stage 5 Rennes - Caen

The fifth stage is another first-week type flat stage. This time, starting in the city of Rennes, the race will cross from the Bretagne to the Normandie, finishing in one of the main cities of the region Caen. The stage is long, more than 200 km, as usual in this first week stages, and it is not going to be so easy as the previous stage. Besides the length and the usual difficulties of a first-week stage in the Tour de France -high speed, fight for the position, the action of wind and teams which can take an advantage of it- this stage features additional climb difficulties. The route is going to have small ups and downs along the way. Three of them are punctuable: two 4th category and one 3th category that could change the name of the KOM jersey carrier.

Despite all this features, probably the stage will finish in a mass sprint in the streets of Caen.

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Stage 6 Le Havre - Amiens (WWI Remembrance)

Second-in-a-row flat stage with more of 200 km. This is the first of the stages dedicated to the First World War, with the finish in Amiens and the river Somme. The stage starts in the city of Le Havre, in the river mouth of the Seine, in the region of Normandie, and finishes in Amiens, in the region of Hauts-de-France.

The stage is a sister of the previous one: flat, in north-west France, longer than 200 km. A typical first-week stage. In this case, it is even easier because the terrain is more flat than the previous stage's one. Only two 4th category climbs in the central part of the stage will make any climb difficulty for the riders. The stage will finish almost surely in a mass sprint in the streets of Amiens.

The stage remembers the scenario of the city of Amiens and the Battle of Somme in the WWI. The city of Amiens was the spectator of the start of the "100 Days Offensive", the project of the allies to finish the war in 1918. Also, the river Somme, which pass through the town of Amiens was the host of an importante battle, in which names as J.R.R. Tolkien or Hitler were participants of the warfront.

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Stage 7 Péronne - Compiégne (WWI Remembrance)

Seventh stage is another long, flat stage through north France, with a special dedication in this case to the WWI. The stage is located entirely in the region of Hauts-de-France and shows main scenarios of the warfront. The stages starts in the little town of Péronne, which was devastated by the war, and follows the course of the river Somme, host of the homonym battle, until the race reaches the city of Saint-Quentin, which has a memorial monument of the World Wars. In this city is placed the intermediate sprint. After it, the race turns southwards and comes into a middle part of the stage with some small climbs, three of them are punctuable as 4th category. This middle part could make the peloton nervous and maybe there could be some attacks. After it, the race faces the way to Compiègne, where the finish line, placed in the location where the armistice (end of the war) was signed. After a first pass by the finish line, the route makes a detour to visit the city of Compiègne and to climb the two final difficulties of the journey: two short and very easy cotes, one of which is punctuable as 4th category, whose summit is reached at 18 km to the end. Maybe some attackers could try their chance in this two cotes, or maybe the peloton could control the race facing to a mass sprint. The finish line is placed in the middle of a forest, so it could add difficulty to the finish of the stage due to the moisture produced by the forest and a wet road.

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Stage 8 Château-Thierry - Verdun (WWI Remembrance)

This stage continues with the WWI remembrance, in another long and mainly flat stage, this time located in the Grand-Est region. The stage conmemorates the Battles of the Marne, specially the second, which was on 1918, being just the 100 years anniversary. The Second Battle of the Marne was the last great offensive by the Germans, and their loss was decisive to the final win by the Allies. At the end, it conmemorates the Battle of Verdun, the most iconic scenario of the war, with the stage finish host just in the famous building of the Verdun Memorial, in the place where the trenches were placed.

The first part of the stage follows the course of the Marne river, starting in the town of Château-Thierry, just in front of a WW memorial monument. After it, the route has a middle part with some small cotes, which could serve for the formation of a breakaway or to get some nerves into the race. After this zone, the race leaves the Marne river and faces to Verdun, crossing a 100km flat territory with very small ups and downs. The finish of the race could make some attacks possible because of the two 4th cateogry climbs after the passage through the city of Verdun, specially the second one, in which its summit is placed the finish line. Probably a stage for a classic-specialist or a sprinter with good climb features.

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Stage 9 Metz - Nancy

The final stage of this first week is a summary of all the difficulties the riders have face in the first days of the race. It is a very short stage -131 km- mainly flat, going to the south from the city of Metz to the town of Nancy. The stage goes through the valley of Moselle river, in the Grand East region. The route is constantly spoilt with small cotes, the last of which is climbed just 4 km to the finish line, giving the victory probably to an attacker or puncher. The climbs are very short but sometimes they are very steep, featuring the last of them a maximum 12.8% which will make the race difficult for sure.

This stage is the same day as the Football World Cup final, so it's specially short due to avoid interferances.

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Stage 10 Besançon - Lélex

The first stage of the second week means a drastic change in the route. The race leaves the flats of Northern and Western france and enters in the main mountainous areas of the French geography. The first stage features the Jura mountains, in a medium mountain stage of almost 200 km with increasing difficulty and mid-distance climbs. The whole stage is located in the Bourgogne region with the exception of the finish of the stage, entering the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps.

The stage starts in the city of Besançon, usual host of stage finishes of the Tour de France. The first part of the stage is pretty flat with small 4th category cotes. The route will become more difficult in the Lons-Le-Saunier intermediate sprint, with the Côte de Montaigu just after the pass through the city, a very short climb but with great slopes (max 14%). After it, the long Col de Joux comes with a7 km of ascent but very smooth slopes. All this part of the stage will feature an unstable relief with ups and downs even between climbs. Finally, the ascent of Station des Rousses will be the most important climb of the journey. It is a smooth climb, long and with only one difficult km at 9,3% in its middle part. The climb's summit is reached at 20 km to the finish line and after it a long and smooth descent will guide the riders to the end. Probably this stage is better for a reduced group or and attacker than for the GC riders, which will reserve themselves for further stages. Probably the group who will be able to reach in first place the summit of Station des Rousses might mantain its advantage until the end.

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Stage 11 Oyonnax - Aix-Les-Bains

Stage 11 is the first important stage for the GC in this Tour of France. The route is completely located in the Rhone-Alps region, and the stage will make this two entities justice: the riders will cross the Rhone river and enter the Alps in this mid-distance stage.

The race starts at the city of Oyonnax, in the Jura mountains, and just after the start of the stage a 2nd category climb presents itself, making the first moments nervous and fast. Because of the difficulty for the control of the race, a large breakaway might be formed, and it could manage its advantage in the next climb, also 2nd category and the longest of the journey, although its slopes are quite smooth. After the descent and the arrival to the town of Bellegarde, an unstable part comes, with shorter climbs and with no flat moments. After the intermediate sprint of Rumilly, the main dishes of the journey will start: the 1st category Col du Clergeon, with a medium distance but respectable slopes. and after it, the Col du Sapenay, a little shorter but equally hard. The last climb summit will be reached at 20 km to the finish line in a very Tour-de-Franceish stage, with many climbs and a long descent to the end.

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Stage 12 Annecy - Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves

Big alpine stage! The two collosus of Madeleine and Croix de Fer are climbed in one of the most important stages for the GC in this Tour of France. The stage goes from Annecy in a growing-difficulty stage that will leave great spectacle.

The first part of the stage is easier than the final part, but the steep Col de Forclaz in the first km will for sure make the race nervous: the climb has high slopes in its final part and the breakaway will struggle for such a prestigious victory. After it, the much easier Col de Tamié and the intermediate sprint of Albertville, followed by a flat segment, will be the easier part of the stage. After it, the two big climbs of the journey are chained: in first place, the Col de la Madeleine, with more than 25 km of ascent and a respectable 6.2% average slope. After a fast descent, the Col du Glandon - Col de la Croix Fer doesn't fear the previous climb, this time with 24 km but with a higher average of 6.7%. The final 7 km, in descent until the finish line in the ski village of Saint-Sorlin d'Arves, might surprise more than one GC rider and could increase the gaps of the summit of Croix de Fer.

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Stage 13 Bourg d'Oisans - Gap

Transition stage between the village of Bourg d'Oisans, in the foot of Alpe d'Huez, and Gap, usual host of stage finishes in the TDF. This is going to be the easiest stage in the second week, taking a rest for the GC contenders and letting the opportunity of the stage win to the break or maybe a good-climbing sprinter. The first part of the stage, with the Col de la Morte, main climb of the journey, might make a large break with great names, and could make the group nervous trying to control the race. After it, an unstable area with ups and downs comes until the 2nd category climb. The final 60 kms of the race are in descending trajectory excepting for the 3rd category climb just 10 km before the finish line, which might host some attacks by punchers, taking the fast descent to the finish line in the streets of Gap.

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Stage 14 Sisteron - Valdeblore - La Colmiane

The mountain comes out again with a one-climb stage. After the good spectacle in Paris-Nice, the TDF opts for a similar stage, mainly flat, crossing the Var valley until the final climb to Valdeblore-La Colmiane. The route enters the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, which makes 8 regions crossed, and features a smooth climb but really long with its 20 kms long. Stage probably for a breakaway, in which the gaps will not be very big, but enough for minor changes in the GC. This is also the first MTF in the race.

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Stage 15 Nice - Nice

Typical Paris-Nice final stage will serve in this case to put the finishing touch to the second week of this TDF. Nevertheless, the typical stage with the cotes around Nice has the terrible addition of the Col de Turini in the first part of the stage, whose 20 kms of ascent at a respectable 6% average will add an extra fatigue for the second part of the stage. This first part follows the Var-Canal de la Vésubie valley from Nice until the foot of Turini is reached, and after this long 70 km detour comes back to the surroundings of Nice, where the second part of the stage starts. This second part is the typical final Nice-stage final with famous climbs such as Chateauneuf, Aspremont, La Turbie or mythical Col d'Eze. All the climbs are chained, which might encourage both attackers or the GC man to attack because the difficulty to control the race. This could be a good stage for riders that have lost time to try an early attack and earn some minutes in the finish line of Nice.

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Stage 16 Nimes - Carcassonne

The calm after the storm. After a difficult second week, the riders face the third week starting with an easy flat stage, perfecto for sprinters. The route links the two historical cities of Nimes and Carcassonne, and crosses other important towns such as Montpellier and Bèziers. The race leaves the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and enters Languedoc-Rousillon in the way to the Pyrenees.

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Stage 17 Toulouse - Toulouse

Finally, the big ITT arrives. The riders have to make a 47 km-long individual effort through the streets of Toulouse and its surroundings in a mainly flat ITT, with only two minor climbs in the 2nd and 3rd intermediates. The route features technical areas with an urban environment and more fast fractions in big avenues, where position and aerodynamics will be key to make some gaps between the GC riders.

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Stage 18 Toulouse - Port de Pailhères

The first mountain stage, -and longest of this Tour de France- of the Pyrenees tryptique is probably the easiest one, although its length. The stage starts in Toulouse as well as the time trial of the previous day, and the first 150 km are mainly flat. After crossing Ax-les-Termes the first climb of the journey, the Col du Pradel starts, with not very high slopes but a very narrow road which will complicate the race. After it, a transition fragment to start the final climb, the terrible Port de Pailhères, promising action and gaps in this important day.

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Stage 19 Ax-Les-Thermes - Col de Portet d'Aspet

Probably one of the queen stages of this Tour the France. Although its mid-distance (170 km), it features 8 categorised climbs and more of 5000 m of denivel. The stage starts with two 2nd category climbs, ideal for the formation of a break. After it, the middle part hasn't got a flat meter, with two 1st category climbs and a 3rd category between them. The last of them is the terrifying Col de la Crouzette, with two terrible final km at 13,1% average. With already 80 km remaining, a weakness in this point could be deadly for the possibilities of the GC riders. After the long descent of La Crouzette, the final part of the race, which starts with the Catchaudégué-Core system, a chain of two climbs with more of 20 km of climb. This system will make the final selection of the strongest riders, which will play their cards in the final climb, which is not very long, neither very steep, but mythical Portet d'Aspet could save some surprises, specially in its final two km at a 8.8% average.

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Stage 20 Lannemezan - La Mongie

Final stage before Champs-Elysées features two mythical climbs in the core of the Pyrenees: Aubisque and Tourmalet. This twentieth stage is not a usual Tour-de-France one, because this stage is usually a time-trial or a less difficult stage, but this time the mountainous difficulties will be held until the very end of the route. The first part of the stage features medium mountain climbs, being the most remarkable the 2nd category Escale du Carduets, with 2 km at 11%. A large breakaway could be formed in this part of the race. After it, a mainly flat area before the start of tthe terrible final 80 km. The mythical Aubisque will make the selection of the better riders of the race (which is crowned at 70 km to the end: warning for possible weaknesses at this point. Early attacks could be possible in Aubisque since there is not flat after the descent, being just the 10 km false flat preparation of Tourmalet, the second mythical ascension of the day. This climb will be the final overcome of the race, since the finish line is not placed at the summit, but in the ski station of La Mongie, 6 km downwards in a final descent, technical passage through La Mongie roads, which could make an extra gap to decide the final GC.

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Stage 21 Issy-les-Moulineaux - Paris Champs Elysées

Final stage is the usual triumphal walk through the streets of Paris.

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