2017 Tour de France

Bonus's Photo Bonus 17 Oct 2016

OK I know it's months away yet, and that lots of Hubbers view it as the least interesting of the "Grand Tours" (including me at times!) but the full route will be announced tomorrow . . .

 

Le Tour starts in Düsseldorf on Saturday 1st July with Stage 1 - an ITT:

 

"A time-trial of 13 kilometres in the streets of Düsseldorf, this will be the first exercise offered to the riders of the 2017 Tour de France. The start will take place in front of the Messe, the exhibition park where the race headquarters and press centre of the event will be set. After taking off on the east side of the Rhine river heading towards the south-east of the city, the riders will cross the river for a loop on the left bank, before again crossing in the opposite direction to go to Königsallee, the emblematic street of the city. Then, after the opera, the course turns to the north-west, once again along the Rhine. The finish will be decided by the Messe. “It’ll be an entirely flat course on wide avenues. The time-trial specialists will be able to express their potential”, explains Thierry Gouvenou, in charge of cycling competitions at Amaury Sport Organisation"

 

Stage 2 on Sunday 2nd July will leave Düsseldorf . . . and the finish town will be announced tomorrow . . . .

 

"It’ll be from the Burgplatz, the castle place, having hosted the team presentation three days before, that stage two will take off. On a distance of 9 kilometres, it will start by a long parade going along the Düsseldorf harbour. The official start will take place on the east side of the city on Kaiserstrasse and as soon as kilometre 6, the first points of the king of the mountain competition will be awarded at the top of Grafenberg. The pack will then leave the city towards east to go through Erkrath and the Neander valley, a prehistoric site where the bones of the Neanderthal Man were discovered. The race then heads north towards Mettmann and then west to once travel through Düsseldorf. Around fifty kilometres of this second stage will have been covered before heading to…"

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EmptyB's Photo EmptyB 17 Oct 2016

Go Nairo!!
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BMXER's Photo BMXER 17 Oct 2016

Go Nairo....follow the rest to the finish.
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Pah Bear's Photo Pah Bear 18 Oct 2016

Can't wait for the TdF. It's the event that got me following cycling. But ... before I enjoy the prequel and the sequel events on the 2017 UCI calendar.

 

2017 UCI WorldTour calendar

New events

- 29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
- 6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar) 
- 23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
- 25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
- 4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
- 22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
- 18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
- 1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
- 14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
- 30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)

Current UCI WorldTour events

- 17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
- 5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France)
- 8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
- 18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
- 20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
- 24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
- 26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
- 2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
- 3-8 April: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)
- 9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
- 16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
- 19 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
- 23 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
- 25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
- 6-28 May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
- 4-11 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
- 10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
- 1-23 July: Tour de France (France)
- 29 July: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
- 29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
- 7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux)
- 19 August-10 September: Vuelta a España (Spain)
- 20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
- 27 August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
- 8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
- 10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
- 30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy)

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Gen's Photo Gen 18 Oct 2016

And while we wait for the route to be released..(or leaked)

Here is a fun quiz.. quest the TDF bike

I got 9/12 lol some careless mistakes lol

http://www.cyclingne...ingnews: News )
Edited by Gen, 18 October 2016 - 07:50 .
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Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 18 Oct 2016

Only 8 :(
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Pah Bear's Photo Pah Bear 18 Oct 2016

Bwah. I'm hopeless. 6. When does the start next season start ... please!!!

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Gen's Photo Gen 18 Oct 2016

Tour de France director Prudhomme tells L'Equipe the race will tackle new climbs and will visit all of France's 5 main mountain ranges...
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Nick's Photo Nick 18 Oct 2016

You can watch the route announcement live here:

 

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Prince's Photo Prince 18 Oct 2016

Boom 12/12 :thumbup: 

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Gen's Photo Gen 18 Oct 2016

Boom 12/12

Nice..

I messed up with Cancellara, Aru and Rolland.. can you believe it, so careless of me.
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EmptyB's Photo EmptyB 18 Oct 2016

Go Nairo....follow the rest to the finish.

 

Like everyone else did this year too!

 

Sky were too strong with their "marginal gains" :whistling:

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shaper's Photo shaper 18 Oct 2016

Also only 8... couple that I messed up, had the correct rider as my first thought then picked another... duh

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ScottC-M's Photo ScottC-M 18 Oct 2016

Wonder what would be more important to Froome, 7 TDF tiltes or 5 TDF titles, winning the Grio as well as Vuelta?

 

It bugs the **** out of me that someone with the ethics of Nabili who holds onto moving cars has all three grand tour titles yet Froome doesn't.

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Gen's Photo Gen 18 Oct 2016

Wonder what would be more important to Froome, 7 TDF tiltes or 5 TDF titles, winning the Grio as well as Vuelta?

It bugs the **** out of me that someone with the ethics of Nabili who holds onto moving cars has all three grand tour titles yet Froome doesn't.

The other GT have not been important to him.. I think he would like to win the Vuelta.. and there is no ways in hell Brailsford will let him attempt the Giro.
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Cav''s Photo Cav' 18 Oct 2016

Wonder what would be more important to Froome, 7 TDF tiltes or 5 TDF titles, winning the Grio as well as Vuelta?

 

It bugs the **** out of me that someone with the ethics of Nabili who holds onto moving cars has all three grand tour titles yet Froome doesn't.

He'll never win anything other than the Tour. (ito GT's)

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