10 conclusions from the Tour de France - Rest day 2 edition

1. The route of "new possibilities"
When Christian Prudhomme unveiled his 2012 Tour route in Paris last October it was labelled as the 'parcours of novelties'. After the celebration of the Pyrenees in 2010, the Galibier in 2011 and with the 100th edition in 2013 on the horizon the Tour's grand fromage went in search of a route of possibilities. In broad brush strokes he has succeeded, providing the riders with stages in the Vosges and the Jura designed to inspire a peloton to break free from modern constraints and race as they once did: young and carefree.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.