10.19.2016

Procycling - Tour de France 2017 Route Unveiled... and more


When I saw it on the small dispay of my phone the map looked weird: empty and yellow like a desert on the left hand side, full of marks on the brownish line of the mountainous borders. 
I was at school. Yesterday I spent there 12 hours, 8 am - 8 pm. The same time I'm supposed to teach in one week. Indead I had 5 hours of lessons, 1 hour for lunch, then 5 hours of meetings. I was exhausted when I eventually collapsed on my bed, around 9 pm. Honestly I didn't have a second look at the Tour de France route.
I examinated it this morning and I see there is a lot of mountain indead. There are also new climbs that I don't know and an hard fnish in the Planche des Belles Filles. There is a 'classic' stage to Liège, a short itt at the begining and a short itt at the end, very short really. There are all the mountains of France: Alpes, Pyrennes and Massif Central. There are also a few stages for sprinters. Transfers seem few.
Do I like it? It looks fine. I'm a bit surprised to find a start in Mondorf-les-Bains in the first Tour de France with not even one Schleck... It's going to be a good add for Andy's Bike Shop.

STAGES
Stage 1, Saturday, July 1: Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (ITT), 13km
Stage 2, Sunday, July 2: Dusseldorf – Liege, 202km
Stage 3, Monday, July 3: Verviers – Longwy, 202km
Stage 4, Tuesday, July 4: Mondorf-Les-Bains – Vittel, 203km
Stage 5, Wednesday, July 5: Vittel – Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6, Thursday, July 6: Vesoul – Troyes, 216km
Stage 7, Friday, July 7:Troyes – Nuit-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8 Saturday, July 8: Dole – Station des Tousses, 187km
Stage 9, Sunday, July 9: Nantua – Chambery, 181km
Rest day 1, Monday, July 10
Stage 10, Tuesday, July 11: Perigueux – Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11, Wednesday, July 12: Eymet – Pau, 202km
Stage 12, Thursday, July 13: Pau – Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13, Friday, July 14: Saint-Girons – Foix, 100km
Stage 14, Saturday, July 15: Blagnac – Rodez, 181km
Stage 15, Sunday, July 16: Laissac-Severac L’Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay
Rest day 2, Monday, July 17
Stage 16, Tuesday, July 18: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-Sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17, Wednesday, July 19: La Mure – Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18, Thursday, July 20: Briancon – Izoard, 178km
Stage 19, Friday, July 21: Embrun – Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20, Saturday, July 22: Marseille – Marseille (ITT), 23km
Stage 21, Sunday, July 23: Montgeron – Paris Champs Elysees, 105km

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