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TdF News 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

    Stage 7, Bourg-en-Bresse - Le-Grand-Bornand, 197 km Km 35: Côte de Corlier, 5,9 km at a 5,5% Km 122:...

  • The Stages

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

    Prologue - July 7: London - London, 8 km Stage 1 - July 8: London - Canterbury, 203 km Stage 2 -...

    Prologue - July 7: London - London, 8 km
    Stage 1 - July 8: London - Canterbury, 203 km
    Stage 2 - July 9: Dunkirk - Gent, 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

  • 94th Tour de France offers modern, yet classic course for 2007

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

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris Against an ever more turbulent backdrop of polemics and...

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Paris

    Against an ever more turbulent backdrop of polemics and pot-shots between the UCI and the major race organizers over doping and ProTour issues, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) Chief Executive Patrice Clerc kicked off Thursday's Tour de France big reveal on an optimistic note before unveiling the 2007 Tour race route.

    After the Tour's opening eight-minute highlight film, which ended with a melodramatic image of Floyd Landis on the Tour winner's podium that suddenly turning into a cracked mirror that fell away, Clerc spoke to the large audience at the Paris Palais des Congrès. "I have often said doping was cycling's number one problem. I'm not pleased for being right about this but I feel that the succession of doping scandals in 2006 carries some hope," Clerc said, implying that doping in cycling might finally be cleaned up.

    "The yellow jersey was tarnished, but we have scored points in the fight against doping. Cheaters will find it harder and harder to get away," Clerc declared, adding “This fight against doping is everyone's fight." In an indirect backhand slap to Floyd Landis, Clerc continued, saying "the foolish mistake of one rider does not change everything. However, we must not drop our guard against doping if we want to present the fans with a beautiful, clean and fascinating Tour de France."

    After a touching film homage to retiring Tour de France race director Jean-Marie Leblanc, who is handing over the keys to his legendary red Voiture #1 after 18 years, there were comments by London mayor Ken Livingstone. The Mayor explained that "This will be a historic occasion, the first time the Tour has visited London, and a chance to celebrate the ever growing ties between these two great cities."

    Next, it was the turn of incoming Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme to present the route of Le Tour Number 94. Commenting on the situation with Floyd...