Le Tour once again claims the attention of the Cycling Community ! 20 years after appearing in the South of England , Le tour will have a " Grand Depart " in Yorkshire . With 2 etappes in the Dales ,
the racers will move to the flatlands for the 3rd Depart being from Cambridge . Whilst the Racers will have only 3 days of racing in the UK , many of them will arrive on the Tuesday prior to the Grand Depart , so as to complete the formalities required before the Competition .
Continental travels will commence in Le Tourquet as the 4th Etappe will race to Lille . Following the "Clockwise direction " , racers will visit many World War 1 areas as they race across the cobbles in those areas that feature in the Spring Classics . . After 10 Etappes they will arrive at Besancon for the Rest Day , then continue through the Voges and Alpes . Two days of Mountain Top Finishes , without L'Alpe D'Huez and the Gallibier , then on across the south to Carcassonne for another Rest Day , before heading into the Pyrennes for Pla D'Adet and Hautacam finishes .
Seems that Time Trial Skills , will be a redundant skill on this Le Tour , since it is only on Stage 20 and for only 54km , that those like Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara get to stretch their legs .
With only 3 MTF to entertain the Le Tour Tifosi , there will be a sharp contrast with previous Editions of Le Tour . Could this mean that " New Stars " will be discovered ? Could this Edition , be the first time that "Racers " will have NO EXCUSES for seeking PED assistance for their efforts ?
WHEN are we the public , going to be told of those that were discovered on the 2013 Le Tour ? phat the rat had reasons for hiding PED users before the 100th Edition , but the Election has come and GONE ! For 100 years , most if not ALL Editions had Racers that sought recognition by way of " Chancing their LUCK" but since arrival in Paris , ALL Parties have taken the OATH of OMERTA , in respect of what the " Anti Doping Teams " , discovered !
DAILY ETAPPES : 5th July to 27th July
5/ Stage 1: Leeds Harrogate
6/ Stage 2: York Sheffield
7/ Stage 3: Cambridge London
8/ Stage 4: Le Touquet Paris-Plage Lille
9/ Stage 5: Ypres Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
10/ Stage 6: Arras Reims
11/ Stage 7: Epernay Nancy
12/ Stage 8: Tomblaine Gérardmer
13/ Stage 9: Gérardmer Mulhouse
14/ Stage 10: Mulhouse Planche des Belles Filles
15/ Rest day in Besançon
16/ Stage 11: Besançon Oyonnax
17/ Stage 12: Bourg-en-Bresse Saint-Etienne
18/ Stage 13: Saint-Etienne Chamrousse
19/ Stage 14: Grenoble Risoul
20/ Stage 15: Tallard Nîmes
21/ Rest day in Carcassonne
22/ Stage 16: Carcassonne Bagnères-de-Luchon
23/ Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens St-Lary-Soulan (Pla d’Adet)
24/ Stage 18: Pau Hautacam
25/ Stage 19: Maubourguet val d’Adour Bergerac
26/ Stage 20: Bergerac Périgueux (TT)
27/ Stage 21: Evry Paris
Whilst many were thinking of the 2014 Le Tour presentation , the fight for Sydney and the surrounding country was fought by TRUE HEROES ! They came from all over ! Some were repaying the efforts by NSW Firefighters in past seasons , others were truly inspired by that quality most Aussies REVERE !
Whatever their Motives , as an aussie , i want to say THANKYOU ! When you Folk decide to visit the Le Tour , find me , i would like to BUY YOU A BEER !
It came as a surprise to see an Aussie , leave his day job , put in 14hrs on an evening shift , then go back to work ! Good one Tony ! Wish that your job as Prime Minister of Oz , did not include you being able to contradict the UN Efforts in " Global Warming "!