About thirty days before the passage of the world’s best runners on Swiss soil, it’s time to find a place to see the big July circus. Here’s something to think about.
Saturday 9 July, stage 8, Dole – Lausanne (186.3 km)
The starting village of this Franco-Swiss route will be built on the boulodrome of the Robert Bobin stadium in Dole, you can’t invent that. There the fictitious start is given at 1:05 p.m. and 15 minutes later the real start. The course runs directly south-east towards the Vallée de Joux. Entry into Switzerland will take place between 3:43 p.m. and 3:57 p.m., according to the average of the runners, just after Bois d’Amont, at km 107.6.
After crossing the border, the peloton crosses the valley on the left bank of the lake via Le Brassus, Le Sentier, Le Solliat, Le Lieu, Les Charbonnières and Le Pont. So that you can have your back covered, know that this final location will be crossed by the tour’s famous caravan at 2:36pm. Cyclists are expected between 4:19 p.m. and 4:36 p.m. depending on whether their hourly average is 45 (fastest) or 41 km/h (slowest). The passage of the caravan is always scheduled an hour and a half before the race.
Place then at the first listed climb on Swiss territory. And this is undoubtedly a record climb in Tour de France history, insignificant as it may seem. The peloton will face the Col de la Pétra Félix (136.9 km, between 4:23 p.m. and 4:40 p.m.), classified in the 4th category. The technical data of this “difficulty” does not deter even the heaviest sprinter: 2.4 km at 1.5%!
Then follows the long descent towards the shores of Lake Geneva, after passing the Col du Mollendruz, via Mont-la-Ville (at 4.42 p.m., with an average speed of 43 km/h), L’Isle (4.47 p.m.), Cuarnens (4.51 p.m.), La Chaux (4:55 p.m.), Cossonay (4:59 p.m.), Allens (5:02 p.m.), Gollion (5:05 p.m.), Aclens (5:08 p.m.), Romanel-sur-Morges (5:10 p.m.), Bremblens (5:11 p.m.) and Echandens (5:15 p.m.) .
Then the serious stuff begins and the punchers should start taking matters into their own hands at the expense of the fighters who didn’t fail to try their luck early in the stage. The tough guys reach Préverenges between 5:08 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with 15 km to go.
In Lausanne, the teams plan to set their leaders by going through the Maladière roundabout and along Avenue de la Rhodanie to Place de la Navigation, where the banner will be placed for the last 5 kilometers. This is where the real fight for victory begins, and fans will have to push hard if they want to see anything and snag a Cochonou bob or two.
After turning left in front of the Boccalino, drivers head up Avenue d’Ouchy and face the first percent. After passing under the train tracks, turn right to pass our offices on Avenue de la Gare, turn left twice at Georgette and cross Place St-François. There they have a little breather for their calves along the Avenue Jules-Gonin.
With 2 km to go after the right turn and crossing the Chauderon bridge, everything will explode. On the program: the long climb of the Avenue de Beaulieu. Immediately after this, turn left and very quickly right onto Avenue Jomini and the 12% incline to reach Avenue du Mont-Blanc. The peloton ends shortly after turning left near the barracks and taking the Plaines du Loup road to cross the line near the Vélodrome car park.
Sunday 10 July, stage 9, Aigle – Châtel Les Portes du Soleil (192.9km)
In Aigle, for the first alpine stage – but not really “mountain” given the profile – this Grande Boucle the Tour Village will be set up in the Chevron car park and open to guests at 9:30 am. The runners are called to the traditional signature before the start between 11:20 and 12:20 a.m., the caravan takes off towards the mountains shortly before and crosses the starting line from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The fictitious start will be at 12.30 p.m. on Avenue Chevron, while the real start and Km 0 will be placed at the exit of Vionnaz towards Vouvry after 7.5 km of parade for a first short passage in Valais.
The runners arrive at Chessel in the canton of Vaud at 12:50 (all times are given below with the so-called “average” hourly mean of 39 km/h, the caravan passes exactly 90 minutes earlier), before continuing via Noville (12: 55 p.m.), Villeneuve (12:59 p.m.), Veytaux (1:03 p.m.) and Montreux (1:06 p.m.). The Lavaux Tourist Office can already look forward to it, because the sequel will be terrific. The peloton will pass La Tour-de-Peilz, Vevey, Corseaux, St-Saphorin, Rivaz, Cully, Riex, Epesses and Bellevue between 1:12 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Here, after 37.1 kilometers of racing, the first mountain GP of the day is counted (4.3 km with 4%).
After Chexbres, Chardonne and Jongny, the route of the Tour de France goes for just over 36 km via Châtel-St-Denis (1.59 p.m.), Semsales and its intermediate sprint (2.08 p.m.), Vaulruz (2.20 p.m.) in the canton of Fribourg. ), Vuadens (2:21 p.m.), Bulle (2:25 p.m.), La Tour-de-Trême (2:28 p.m.) before visiting the towns of Gruyères (Epagny), Bas-Intyamon (Enney and Villars-sous-Mont) and Haut-Intyamon (Neirivue, Albeuve, Montbovon) between 2:31 p.m. and 2:51 p.m
The peloton will once again take to the wheels in the canton of Vaud to tackle the postcards of the local Alps: the Col des Mosses (13.3km at 4.1%) and the Col de la Croix (8.1km – 8.1km). km at 7.6%). To do this, it crosses the communes of Rossinière (2:59 p.m.), Château d’Oex (Les Moulins, L’Etivaz and La Lécherette between 3:03 p.m. and 3:29 p.m.) before crossing Les Mosses at 3:35 p.m. Then, to Ormont-Dessous and Dessus around (Les Mosses, La Comballaz, le Rosex, Vers l’Eglise and Les Diablerets, between 15h35 and 15h50), make your way to the top of the Col de la Croix at 4h11
Then it’s only about sixty kilometers and we tackle a long descent via Villars-sur-Ollon (4.19 p.m.), Ollon (4.31 p.m.) and a second passage through Aigle (4.35 p.m.). Directly to the aperitif in Valais via Vionnaz (4.44 p.m.), Collombey-Muraz (4.53 p.m.) and Monthey (4.54 p.m.) to France, where the favorites leave their mark. The first attacks should have taken place before Troistorrents (5.07pm) and the winner will decide between Morgins (5.27pm) and Pas de Morgins (5.33pm), a 15.4km climb at 6.1%.
The leaders then have to hold on alone or in small groups during the 6 km descent to the entrance of Châtel in Haute-Savoie (5:35 p.m.). All this before a long false flat of four terminals to reach the finish line in Pré la Joux.
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