10.22.2014

Tour de France 2015 Presentation (and a bitter taste)

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Ready to listen
The new jersey
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Route confirmed

First of all, I cried like a cow: images of the last Tour de France on the screan, so many emotions and the bitter taste of the end of a dream. Not one image and not one word for the crash that  ended Andy Schleck's career, that hurts. But also that has been the last Tour de France.
Even worse considering that Cadel Evans was there and  called on stage. He's going to retire, just one more race in Australia, named after him. The memory of the Tour he won in the last day ITT on Andy Schleck. It was 2011, the  Tour of his victory on the Galibier - and I was there. 
Fortunately they don't show images of it. The victory in that Tour changed Evans' life, as well as Andy's. In a very different way.
Not there instead Alberto Contador, nor Chris Froome. Weirdly Team Sky placed its team camp today.
Looking forward, not to the past, the next Tour offers climbers good opportunities: a tricky start with a taste of Classics, pavé and a lot of wind in the North, then Pyrennes, some average mountain in the center of the country and the Alps. Very few time trial.
The start is in Utrecht, the finish of course in Paris: there are 9 flat stages, 3 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages, 5 summit finishes, 1 ITT and 1 TTT.
First reactions sound enthusiastic. I like it too. Various, it's going to be open.
Finally, a bit of fashion report: almost all riders were wearing dark boring formal suit. The only exception: Blel Kadri, in shirt. Not bad also J.C. Peraud wearing jeans and a destructurated short jacket.




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Some pavé
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Some Classics' climbing
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A new summit finish in the Pyrennes
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On stage
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All stages
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Official poster
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Tony Gallopin

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