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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:35 am    Post subject: Grand Tour Routes 2016  Reply with quote

Giro leaked.... AGAIN!!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2...e-days-before-milan-presentation/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks gentler than some of the recent editions. More flattish stages than we're used to? Three stages against the clock - futile attempt to tempt Froome?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Looks gentler than some of the recent editions. More flattish stages than we're used to? Three stages against the clock - futile attempt to tempt Froome?


Certainly seems that way.. maybe this one is a hoax to annoy the leakees11
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Friday start.
Feels more like a Tour, what with the Alpine stages at the end.
Might see Giant put their new found focus to an early test.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Looks gentler than some of the recent editions. More flattish stages than we're used to? Three stages against the clock - futile attempt to tempt Froome?


Well, the last is a mountain ITT which, while being no Monte Grappa, will be fairly testing.

CN had this to say about the hills:

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According to a report in the Turin-based La Stampa newspaper, the 2016 Giro d'Italia will finish in Turin after a series of spectacular mountain stages in the Dolomites and Alps.

The second rest day is set to be near Imola and Bologna before a second week in the mountains of northeast Italy after a sprint finish in Jesolo. According to La Stampa, stage 12 finishes in Sappada, near the Sorgenti del Piave mountain refuge, with the mountain time trial to Alpe di Siusi. The race then heads west to Livigno via Andalo for the third and final rest day on Monday, May 23.

La Stampa claims that the three decisive mountain stages in the Alps have been funded and supported by cycling fan and businessman, Elvio Chiatellino, who played a key role in bringing the Tour de France to the region in the past. The trio of mountain stages will end in Pinerolo, Risoul in France and then Sant'Anna di Vinadio. Stage 18 includes the little known La Colletta and the Colle di Pra Martino as it circles Pinerolo. Stage 19 includes the massive Colle dell'Agnello before the finish in Risoul, while stage 20 will return to Italy via the Colle di Vars, the Colle Fauniera and end with the climb to Sant'Anna di Vinadio. The final road race stage on Sunday, May 29 will start in Cuneo and end in Turin.


Including this approximation, pinched from an Italian poster on CN:


I also heard a while back that the Tuscany sterrato is back.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think all of the ITTs will be testing (OK, less so the opening Friday) so I wasn't so much suggesting they were part of the "easier" stages Smile

That said the last ITT is 11km of climbing so it's a different dynamic to a mountain stage.

Wonder if Porte fancies his chances at another go at the Giro?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rai Sport 1 have live coverage of the Giro presentation, this afternoon.
So I'll probably give it a go.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't look like a classic though the Maratona stage into Corvara is a corker if they race it!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they have gone flat so the 100th Giro in 2017 will look that much better Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like the Chianti TT.  That will roll and roll and roll and I guess some fairly decent kicks along the way too.  It looks to take in a fair chunk of Granfondo del Gallo Nero which looks like this...



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I deleted this post from the 2015 route thread:

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A horrid route. Far fewer mountains, yet still totally back loaded.
All the profiles are up on Steephill:

http://www.steephill.tv/giro-d-italia/

This being categorised as a 3 star, medium mountain stage:

http://www.steephill.tv/players/p...2016/giro-d-italia/profile-11.jpg


Not only back loaded, but almost all of it in France!
Plus, a huge risk factor built into both of the big stages by going over 2700 metres in both. Some iffy roads, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good, one stop info link:
http://www.cyclingpro.net/spazioc...015-svelato-il-percorso-ufficiale
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After what was deemed a successful weekend visit of Tour De Suisse this year,  rumours that Le Tour is coming to Bern for 2nd rest day so will be messing up my daily commute for 3 days Wink

Also rumours that a replay of the Dauphine stage where Froome cracked and Contador rode away from him on the climb to Lac d'Emoson is on the cards. I was surprised on the day I was there the trouble they were going to welcome visitors. Met us off the train, gave us souvenir baseball caps embroidered with the stage details, bottles of water and bus up to the finish. It makes more sense now.

http://www.velowire.com/article/9...-route-and-the-stage-cities-.html
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that there was a stage into Luchon then an ITT up Superbangres. Then a Luchon depart ... but it isn't mentioned on the link.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
I heard that there was a stage into Luchon then an ITT up Superbangres. Then a Luchon depart ... but it isn't mentioned on the link.


Send it in to them, you will get a days supply* of haribo sweets from them if its right. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Andorra rumours in there are most probably true.
When we were in Vielha for the Vuelta, we were told they were planning a something similar to the Cortals d'Encamp stage, but to say nothing.
Since it's out there....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
I heard that there was a stage into Luchon then an ITT up Superbangres. Then a Luchon depart ... but it isn't mentioned on the link.


You'll know soon enough but Stage 8 has been updated in the link above

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UPDATE 18 October 2015 at 8.40PM: while La Semaine des Pyrénées and La République des Pyrénées seemed to confirm the finish in Loudenvielle this week, the most recent information I got make this stage finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon anyway, as seemed to indicate La Dépêche. This would thus be a finish location which has become usual every two years since 2010, where the stage was won by Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) in 2014 ahead of Thomas Voeckler who won the stage there in 2010 and in 2012. I can not be 100% sure of this finish (especially becaude the local media thus mentioned a stage finish in Loudenvielle recently ... was that a simple copy of my initial information??) but since the most recent info indicates me that it would be Bagnères-de-Luchon, I fill in a finish there now.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Off to Southern Spain in the morning, so will miss the live Tour presentation which will take place while I'm in the air.
Hope it's interesting enough to stimulate some debate here, to give me something to read when I get back.

Congratulations on breaking my Maurader run, Bio.

I'm putting that here because I don't want to see Last post: HuwB on every sub forum. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very mountainous to me.
A lot of climbs packed in to 2 days in the Pyrenees, plus whatever they go over on their way out to Revel (and Aspin on the stage into the Pyrenees ?)

Then you have Ventoux, two days in the Juras, before 4 consecutive days in the Alps including an uphill ITT.

The two Monts - Mont St Michel to Mont Blanc !

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