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Tour de France Parcours - Part 2
By Podofdonny
Date: 6/26/2003
Tour de France Parcours - Part 2

100th Tour de France

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Parcours Stages 5 - 8

Stage 5 - July 10: Troyes to Nevers, 196 km

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A champagne start at the city made famous by the product, and once again the battle for the Green jersey will be probably more evident than that for Yellow. A day for the GC contenders to shelter in the peloton and avoid accidents, the breakaways to try and make good their escape and the sprinters teams to dig deep for their man.

With Zabel, McEwen and Petacchi all contesting the Green jersey, the breakaways will probably gain no more than TV exposure and the usual suspects will be under the Flamme Rouge with their lead out men.

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Stage 6 - July 11: Nevers to Lyon, 225 km

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The cat 3 climb of the Côte des Echarmeaux after 159 kilometres and the Cat 4 climb of the Côte de Lozanne just 23 kilometres from the finish may finally give the breakaway boys a chance for stage glory. The big guns will be looking towards the following two stages and will be wanting to save as much energy as possible, and the rolling terrain is not ideally suited to the sprinters' teams.

French teams will be at the forefront of the attacks so expect to see riders like Franck Rénier (Bjr), Sébastien Hinault (C.A), Stéphane Augé (CA), Patrice Halgand (Del), Jérôme Pineau (Bjr) and Carlos Dacruz (FdJ) try and out run the fast mens' teams.

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Stage 7 - July 12: Lyon to Morzine, 226.5 km

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When the Tour hits the mountains, the mountains hit back! First major climb of the Tour with the Cat 1 Col de la Ramaz. Fans will be experiencing déjà vu as the final kilometres of this stage were covered on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. That day of high drama (Armstrong crashing, falling out with Halgand and a dramatic battle between himself and Mayo) will no doubt be repeated for some teams and riders. A very difficult stage for the yellow jersey team to control; the Spanish teams will be sending attacks up the road, and Simoni may well see this as his first opportunity to try and regain time lost in the TTT.

By the end of the stage a clearer picture should emerge on who is a contender, and which teams will have to rethink tactics and start going for stage victories as opposed to greater ambitions.

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Courtesy Dauphiné Libéré - Col de la Ramaz

July 13: Sallanches to L'Alpe d'Huez, 211 km

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When the riders line up at the start of the stage they will know they are competing a legendary stage, full of historical reference and cycling lore.

The Col du Télégraphe is followed by the mighty Col du Galibier and just when the riders legs are nicely warmed up the race has its dramatic finish on the “Dutch Mountain,” the Alpe d’Huez.

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Courtesy Francis & Sheila's Virtual Alps

The Col du Galiber has been a feature of the race since 1911 when Emile Georget (Fra) was the first man over the top.

Tour organiser Desgranges was delighted that the Tour had conquered the mighty mountain and the following day in the l'Auto he was even more verbose than normal:

"Today, my brothers, we gather here in common celebration of the divine bicycle. Not only do we owe it our most pious gratitude for the precious and ineffable love that it has given us, but also for the host of memories sown over our whole sports life and which today has made concrete.

"In my own case I love it for its having given me a soul capable of appreciating it; I love it for having taken my heart within its spokes, for having encircled a part of my life within its harmonious frame, and for having constantly illuminated me with the victorious sparkle of its nickel plates.

"In the history of humanity, does it not constitute the first successful effort of intelligent life to triumph over the laws of weights?"

However the Mighty Galibier has also seen its moments of tragedy. In 1935 Francisco Cepeda Died after a fall an the decent of the Galibier.

In comparison, the Alpe d’Huez is a newcomer to the Tour - first climbed and won in 1952 by the legendary Fausto Coppi, the mountain has become a pivotal point in the race.

Armstrong will be hoping once again to establish his dominance on the mountain, but his team may have to work extremely hard to keep the race under control before they hit the final climb of the day.

A day of sheer drama and legend; when the dust has settled those still in contention will probably be counted on one hand.


Winners on the Alpe d’Huez

Year Starting Point Distance (kms) Winner

1952 Lausanne (CH) 266 Coppi, Fausto I

1976 Divonne-les-Bai 258 Zoetemelk, Joop NL

1977 Chamonix-Mont-B 184 Kuiper, Hennie NL

1978 St. Etienne 241 Kuiper, Hennie(1) NL

1979 Les Menuires 167 Agostinho, Joaquim POR

1979 Alpe d'Huez 119 Zoetemelk, Joop NL

1981 Morzine 230 Winnen, Peter NL

1982 Orcières-Merlet 123 Breu, Beat CH

1983 La Tour-du-Pin 223 Winnen, Peter NL

1984 Grenoble 151 Herrera, Luis COL

1986 Briançon 163 Hinault, Bernard F

1987 Villard-de-Lans 201 Echave, Fédérico E

1988 Morzine 227 Rooks, Steven NL

1989 Briançon 162 Theunisse, Gert-Jan NL

1990 St. Gervais 183 Bugno, Gianni I

1991 Gap 125 Bugno, Gianni I

1992 Sestrières (I) 187 Hampsten, Andrew USA

1994 Valreas 225 Conti, Roberto I

1995 Aime LaPlagne 166 Marco Pantani I

1997 St. Etienne 203 Marco Pantani I

1999 Sestrières (I) 218 Guerini, Giuseppe I

2001 Aix-les-Bains 209 Armstrong, Lance USA

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