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Grand Tour Routes 2017

http://velonews.competitor.com/20...edition-begin-to-percolate_420296

More of an introduction to a romantic (dreamy, not dream) itinerary around Italy than a fixed parcours, but it is a good start.

Feel free to take ownership of the Topic etc.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Any thoughts on 2017 Tour de France route:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-2017-route-presented/

Quite disappointed that they only have 2 days in Dusseldorf since it's fairly handy for me to get to from the Netherlands, it would have been nice to see 3 stages starting from there.

Too many mountains and not enough Mountain Top finishes for my liking.

Is the route suited to any one particular rider?
Bartali

Nibali .... Smile
Nolte

Only 3 mountain top finishes is disappointing but as experience shows, it's all about how it's raced, though with the pretty ladies climb coming first week means the mountain top finishes are more spread out than other years
Nolte

Also not on the tour de France but la course, I kind of like the idea of a 1 day mountain top finish.
Slapshot 3

2017 Vuelta

More big mountains and a penultimate day visit to Angry lou....fantastic

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/v...re-high-mountain-summit-finishes/
HuwB

CW has this complete run down of all the stages:-

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news...ditalia/giro-ditalia-route-192184
HuwB

Just had a quick peep at the early potential line up for the Vuelta to see who is riding GC and so far we have....

Sky: Froome
Orica: Chaves, Yates x 2
Bora: Majka Konig
Astana: Aru, Lopez
Bahrain: Nibali
Ag2r: Bardet, Pozzovivo
QS: Jungels
Katusha: Zakarin
Cannondale: Uran, Formolo
Sunweb: Keldeman,
Lotto J: Kruisjiwijk, Bennett
Trek: Contador
UAE: Costa

All teams are nowhere near complete, but that's not a bad start!
Bartali

I thought Dumoulin said he wan't going earlier this week?
HuwB

Bartali wrote:
I thought Dumoulin said he wan't going earlier this week?


Yes.
My mistake.
I thought he'd said he was riding it, but not going for the GC.
Still, that's one less tempo riding trialist, eh? Wink

Barguil is now confirmed I think and Alaphillipe is a probable.
Bartali

Should be good. 7 MTFs and 40km ish of ITT.  I hope Nibali is fit and makes a good fist of it.

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