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TDF News Flash for October 26, 2006

Date published:
October 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • The Mountains

    Article published:
    October 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris

    Bourg-en-Bresse - Le-Grand-Bornand, 197 km Km 35: Côte de Corlier, 5,9 km at a 5,5% Km 122: Côte des...

  • The Stages

    Article published:
    October 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris

    Proluge - July 7: Londres - Londres, 8 km Stage 1 - July 8: Londres - Canterbury, 203 km Stage 2 -...

    Proluge - July 7: Londres - Londres, 8 km
    Stage 1 - July 8: Londres - Canterbury, 203 km
    Stage 2 - July 9: Dunkerque - Gand, 167 km
    Stage 3 - July 10: Waregem - Compiègne, 236 km
    Stage 4 - July 11: Villers-Cotterêts - Joigny, 190 km
    Stage 5 - July 12: Chablis - Autun, 184 km
    Stage 6 - July 13: Semur-en-Auxois - Bourg-en-Bresse, 200 km
    Stage 7 - July 14: Bourg-en-Bresse - Le-Grand-Bornand, 197 km
    Stage 8 - July 15: Le-Grand-Bornand - Tignes, 165 km
    Rest Day - July 16: Tignes
    Stage 9 - July 17: Val-d’Isère - Briançon, 161 km
    Stage 10 - July 18: Tallard - Marseille, 229 km
    Stage 11 - July 19: Marseille - Montpellier, 180 km
    Stage 12 - July 20: Montpellier - Castres, 179 km
    Stage 13 - July 21: Albi - Albi, 54 km
    Stage 14 - July 22: Mazamet - Plateau-de-Beille, 197 km
    Stage 15 - July 23: Foix - Loudenvielle - Le Louron, 196 km
    Rest Day - July 24: Pau
    Stage 16 - July 25: Orthez - Gourette - Col d’Aubisque, 218 km
    Stage 17 - July 26: Pau - Castelsarrasin, 188 km
    Stage 18 - July 27: Cahors - Angoulême, 210 km
    Stage 19 - July 28: Cognac - Angoulême, 55 km
    Stage 20 - July 29: Marcoussis - Paris Champs-Élysées, 130 km
    Total Length: 3547 km

  • 2007 Tour offers a modern yet classic parcours

    Article published:
    October 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris "After all that happened in 2006 we really believe cycling...

    Tough Pyrenean stages will be crucia

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris

    "After all that happened in 2006 we really believe cycling deserves a second chance," said Patrice Clerc, President of ASO, today at the unveiling of the 2007 Tour de France. At the presentation in Paris, Clerc was alluding to the problems of this past year while delivering a classical and challenging 2007 parcours. "We think that these problems also bring a lot of hope for solving the problem of the doping in cycling. ... 2007 will be a fantastic start in the great capital of London and a great expression for a renewed Tour de France."

    Today, Thursday afternoon, La Grand Boucle was revealed to included 3547 kilometres of riding over 20 stages, starting in London and ending in Paris. There will be a total of 11 flat stages, 2 individual time trials and 6 mountain stages, with three being mountain top finishes. There is only the standard two rest days but the riders will note the lack of long transfers, allowing the focus to be on the actual racing.

    As referenced to earlier in the day by Cyclingnews, the 2007 route will take the peloton in a clock-wise motion; hitting the alpine stages before the Pyrenees. Here, near Spain, more focus has been given this year, where there are three serious mountainous tests, with a rest day scheduled in Pau before the third. The two hard days, followed by the rest day, will surely produce a stunning shake up when the riders arrive, after 218 km, on the top of the Col d’Aubisque.

    Following the Pyrenees, the race will offer the standard weekend finale: Saturday will be a time trail in Cognac and Sunday the flat dash into Paris.

    Please stay tuned more to follow.