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Svekke's Tours - 2017 TdF Contest

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Hi everyone! I'll show my realisations of Grand Tours in this topic.

To start with: the Tour de France for the contest!

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What if Bordeaux-Paris wasn't a classic but a Tour?

Bordeaux-Paris. The longest classic in cycling history. In 1891, the first winner of the race bridged the distance in 26h. In 2017, it will take over three weeks to reach Paris. Bordeaux is also the most visited town in the history of the Tour de France. It is even more bizarre the south-French city on the borders of the Garonne has never hosted the Grand Départ!

This Tour variant tries to draw a realistic route with high quality finishes, offering the necessary space for all logistic services, starting from Bordeaux. Moreover, I have tried to draw finals that are feasible and clear of obstacles within the last two kilometers and small and achievable displacements between stages, as they would be created that way in real life too.

Every bit of the 3449 km is located in France itself. No trips no neighboring countries, no flirting with the borderline. This route tends to give the centre of France the attention it deserves, by creating the first two weeks through the heart of the country, followed by a hard, but honest final week.

Specs:
- 3449 km
- 8 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 6 mountain stages
- 1 individual time-trial
- 1 team time-trial

Link to the editor:
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A more detailed presentation will follow soon.
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Stage 1 | Bordeaux - Bordeaux | 226 km

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For the first time, the Grand Départ is located in Bordeaux! Bordeaux is also the second capital for sprinters, so we start with an almost flat stage and the perfect opportunity for a sprinter to obtain the yellow jersey, exploring the peninsula on the west side of the city. The small hill in Hourtin is in fact not worth the 4th category classification, but it makes it possible to hand out the polkadot jersey right away. Start and finish are located in front of the 'Monument aux Girondins', creating a final straight line of 2,2 km.

Stage 2 | Bordeaux - Libourne (TTT) | 35,9 km

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Today, we leave Bordeaux with a team time trial of 36 km. The roads to Libourne mostly flat and wide, with only few corners on the course. The first rider of the winning team will most likely take over the yellow jersey.

Stage 3 | Bergerac - Lac de Vassivière | 194,5 km

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We move to the Central Massif as the roads get hilly. The finish at the Lac du Vassivière is known from Paris-Nice 2012, where Valverde won the sprint of a decimated peloton. Punchers will like this day and GC riders don't want unnecessary time loss. At the end, we will have a new mountain jersey leader, who will hold on to the jersey for some days.
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Stage 4 | Guéret - Chinon | 211,5 km

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Starting from Guéret, the riders leave the Limousin and travel to the borders of the river Vienne where there will be an up-hill sprint after 210 flat kilometers. The climb in Chinon is 1,2 km long on 4,4% average. The strong sprinters can survive this obstacle and will battle the punchers on the somewhat more flat last 300m.

Stage 5 | Saumur - Le Mans | 158 km

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After two more difficult stages, it's up again for the fastest race cars in the bunch, and that should be interpreted literally. After a completely flat course from Saumur through the centre of Le Mans, the peloton reaches the race track Circuit Bugatti, where 2,5 tours will be raced until the waving of the black-white flag.

Stage 6 | Le Mans - Rambouillet | 208,5 km

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Rambouillet has been an arrival city in the Tour once in 1966, where Edouard Sels won the bunch sprint. 52 years later, the town close to Paris will be once again a sprinters paradise. The finish is yet more technical than it was yesterday. With four 90 degree turns in the last two kilometers and a small descent on 500 meters of the line, positioning will be very important if you want to take the flowers today.

Stage 7 | Étampes - Sens | 193 km

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Sens will be another first time arrival town and it is hosting a very interesting stage. The final 55 kilometers include five 4th category climbs, with the first three climbs being rather smooth. With the top of the third climb on 20 km from the finish, the peloton takes a tour around Sens into the small village Paron, where the last two extremely steep and short climbs will be taken. It is without doubt that gaps will appear, so punchers and climbers will fight for the day victory and useful seconds in the general classification.

Stage 8 | Toucy - Saint-Amand-Montrond | 171 km

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Since we're heading back to the Central Massif, the sprinters will get one last chance before the climbers seize power. Possible danger is in the last 25 km, as these are identical to the 2013 windy stage where multiple GC contenders suffered and Mark Cavendish won the sprint of a small group.

Stage 9 | Saint-Amand-Montrond - Puy de Dôme | 179,5 km

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The Legend returns! After 29 years of absence, le Puy de Dôme is back in the Tour de France! No spectators and team cars will be allowed in the last five kilometers and only the most necessary logistics will be on the top of the mountain, but that's a small sacrifice for the return of one of France's most legendary climbs. While the stage as a whole isn't flat at all, it won't be until the final steep kilometers some serious differences will be created, as today is a real first test for the GC.

Rest Day - Clermont-Ferrand
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Stage 10 | Clermont-Ferrand - Annonay | 216,5 km

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It certainly won't be a calm day right after the rest day. With 216,5 km, today is the second longest stage of the Tour while it includes 9 classified climbs! The route goes up and down until the passage in Montbrison, with among others the Col du Béal which makes his debut in the Grand Boucle. After that, the Col de la République will be a possibility to attack, but on the final 3 km-climb though the centre of Annonay will definitely create differences. If an early breakaway hasn't yet been successful in the first week, today will almost certainly be the day. The course is too heavy for sprinters and punchers, while no climber will be certain of victory on the explosive final climb.

Stage 11 | Saint-Étienne - Mâcon | 170 km

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After a hilly start with four classified climbs, the peloton will dive into the valley of the Saône. The last 50 km are entirely flat and we will see a royal sprint in front of the Town Hall of Mâcon.

Stage 12 | Bourg-en-Bresse - Bourg-en-Bresse (ITT) | 45,4 km

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Bourg-en-Bresse will be the theatre for the first and only individual time trial of this year's Tour de France. On the flat roads north of the city, the pure time trialists will fight for the victory, while pure climbers will have some extra attacking incentive after trying to limit the damage today.

Stage 13 | Bourg-en-Bresse - Aix-les-Bains | 162,5 km

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This Tour's stage through the Jura won't be as spectacular as it was in real life this year, but with passages on the Lacets du Grand Colombier and the Col du Chat - not to be confused with the Mont du Chat - it won't be a boring Friday in front of the tv either. Just like stage 10, chances are pretty big for a breakaway victory, as the course is too hard for sprinters and not hard enough for the real climbers (certainly as they want to save their energy for tomorrow). From the top of the Col du Chat, there is a descent followed by 9 flat kilometers to Aix-les-Bains at the borders of the Lac du Bourget.

Stage 14 | Annecy - Val Thorens | 161 km

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In stage 14, we finally enter the Alpes, as the riders will feel right away from the start. The Hors Category climb to the Crêt de Chatillon will be followed by mostly flat terrain until we reach Moûtiers. From there on, there is one 36,5 km long obstacle left. The climb to Val Thorens was present one time earlier, as Nelson Rodriguez won in the ski station in 1994. On the flanks of this extreme long climb, there will be an enormous fight with huge time gaps at the top.

Stage 15 | Albertville - La Mure | 189,5 km

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This Sunday stage is somewhat atypical. We start with a 90 km flat opening, followed by the HC Chamrousse and the very steep Mur de Laffrey. On the top of that second climb, there are still 36 km left, which run on an undulating terrain including the Col des Terrasses and the uprising last kilometers back to La Mure. A strong breakaway rider can defeat the bunch, whereas a weak moment of a GC contender on the first two climbs can result in a catastrophic loss.

Rest Day - Gap
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Stage 16 | Gap - Montagne de Lure | 161,5 km

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Once again, it won't be an easy day after the resting moment yesterday. The riders race from the tradition town of Gap over a somewhat light terrain to the bottom of the final climb, which is selected for the first time. The climb to Montagne de Lure was already twice a deciding factor in Paris-Nice, and today too, we will see a fair ascent of the small version of the Mont Ventoux.

Stage 17 | Avignon - Béziers | 210,5 km

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In between the Alpes and the Pyrenees, this stage can be defined as a transition stage, but as it is rather flat and it has been already seven days since the previous sprint stage, it might just be possible that the whole bunch will sprint to the historical Arena of Béziers, in front of which the finish line is drawn. A small climb between 3 and 2 km from the line could disturb the sprint preparation or be a loading platform for a final attack towards the flowers of the day.

Stage 18 | Narbonne - Carrière de Trimouns | 190,5 km

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After 130 km of flat introduction, the peloton reaches the Port de Pailhères, followed by the climb to Carrière de Trimouns. The finish close to the talc mining site is also a first time visit and spectacular helicopter views will be guaranteed!

Stage 19 | Ax-les-Thermes - Bagnères-de-Luchon | 176 km

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The least difficult of the three Pyrenees stages, but it isn't an easy one either! From Ax-les-Thermes, the riders face the Col de Port and the Col de Menté. The top of the latest is still on 31,5 km from the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon, so it isn’t necessarily the best climber who wins!

Stage 20 | Lannemezan - Luz Ardiden | 102,5 km

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As it is common the last years, the final Saturday stage offers one last opportunity to change the classification completely. In this 102,5 km mountain stage, the peloton will follow heroic roads, as they travel past the Aspin, Tourmalet and up Luz-Ardiden. It's pure classic Pyrenees terrain, bundled in a short, nervous and explosive stage. For some bad climbers, today will be a last test if they want to reach Paris.

Stage 21 | Saint-Denis, Stade de France - Paris, Champs-Élysées | 85 km

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After a long trip (facilitated by an early arrival of the short 20th stage and the pre-evening entrance in Paris), the riders await 85 km of easy showing off and nervously turning on one of world's most known boulevards, the Champs-Élysées. The start of the party is held at the entrance of the Stade de France, form where, after a small trip to the centre of Saint-Denis, Paris is entered from the north side. Other than most times, the défilé won't feature a trip past the Eiffeltower or the borders of the Seine. This year, the focus is on the wide boulevards, passing the Moulin Rouge, la Madeleine, Place de la République, Place de la Bastille and the Town Hall. The last climb will be located in Montmartre, in front of the stairs to the Sacré-Coeur, with with an amazing view over the whole of Paris. Once on the Champs-Élysées, eight tours need to be elapsed before one last royal sprint makes an end to this refreshing Tour de France.
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