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Tour de France 2022 Contest

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Tour de France 2022 Contest

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Since it doesn't look like the voting is going to start, I'm going to start the 2022 Tour de France Contest.

Rules:
The first 3 stages should be in Denmark
The race can visit other countries but not Andorra
The race should finish on Champs-Élysées
The key-points of 2021 cannot be used
The UCI-rules should be followed (Max 3500 kilometers, no half-stages etc.)

The deadline is the 24th of July when the yellow jersey passes the finish line
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Any limits to transfers? (Could I theoretically transfer to the west coast of France after Denmark or would that be too far, since I am pretty sure the actual convoy aside from the riders has to take roads?)
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Re: Tour de France 2022 Contest

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Fyr3 wrote: 18/06/2022, 23:37 Any limits to transfers? (Could I theoretically transfer to the west coast of France after Denmark or would that be too far, since I am pretty sure the actual convoy aside from the riders has to take roads?)
I think they could, they have an entire rest day to do it. It was possible to do a longer transfer in the Giro.
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Re: Tour de France 2022 Contest

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I don't know if I will have time for a proper presentation so I'll just drop this for now and edit it later.

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I haven't finished tracing the route and there might be some small changes before I publish the final Tour but here's my provisional route along with some general comments of mine about it:
Spoiler!
1.) Copenhagen > Copenhagen (flat) (ITT)
2.) roskilde > Nyborg (flat)
3.) Odense > Vejle (hill)

4.) Dunkerque > Boulougne sur Mer (hill)
5.) Ypres > Arenberg (flat) (cobble)
6.) Amiens > rouen (hill)
7.) Bayeux > Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (hill)
8.) Mont Saint-Michel > Alencon (flat)
9.) Le Mans Circuit des 24h > Tours (flat) (gravel)

10.) Angouleme > Brive-la-Gaillarde (flat)
11.) Sarlat-la-Caneda > rocamadour (hill)
12.) rodez > carcassonne (hill)
13.) Canet-en-rousillon > Ax 3 Domaines (mountain) (summit finish)
14.) Martres-Tolosane > Tarbes (hill)
15.) Pau > Hautacam (mountain) (summit finish)

16.) Istres > Martigues (flat) (ITT)
17.) Gap > Col du Granon (mountain) (summit finish)
18.) La Mure > Val d'Isere (mountain)
19.) Montmelian > Divonne-les-Bains (flat)
20.) Evian les Bains > Morzine les Portes du Soleil (mountain)
21.) Paris la Defense > Paris Champs Elysees (flat)

HC cols: Port de Pailheres (stage 13), Col d'Aubisque (stage 15), Hautacam (stage 15), Col d'Izoard (stage 17), Col du Granon (stage 17), Col du Galibier (stage 18), Col de l'Iseran (stage 18 - souvenir Henri Desgrange), Col de Joux Plane (stage 20)
Cat 1 cols: Pic de Nore (stage 12), Col de Jau (stage 13), Plateau de Bonascre (stage 13), Col de Marie Blanque* (stage 15), Col de Spandelles (stage 15), Col de la Croisette* (stage 20) Col de la ramaz (stage 20), Col de la Joux Verte (stage 20)

* cols that may or may not feature depending on the length of my route to meet the 3500km limit.

An overall summary of the route, a rider will have to prove themselves on all terrains to win the Tour de France. From the tricky stages in Denmark, to the lumpy days in the north, over gravel and cobblestones, before reaching the high mountains in the second half of the Tour. Opportunities for long range attacks come in particular on stages 13, 15 and 20, with the major passes preceding smaller ones to the finish. With the unpredictable nature of the first 12 stages, the yellow jersey could change hands several times and the Tour can easily be lost. The grand boucle finally returns to the north and Normandy in particular which has been discarded in recent years, while the Alps return to decide the race in a similar style to the 2019 route.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
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