Next year’s Etape will be on July 16th 2017 and be between Briancon and the Col d’Izoard and be run over 178km……..
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This years’s L’etape du Tour has been announced – it looks like a great route. Based around what I am sure the organisers would see as the defining stage. It takes place on the 16th July 2017 around a few days before the pro’s take on the same stage on the 20th.
One of the three summit finishes of the race, this was one of the most headline-grabbing stages when the route was unveiled last Tuesday.
The Col d’Izoard needs no introduction, but for first time in its relationship with the Tour, the finish line will be positioned at the lunar landscapes of its summit. It may involve quite a logistical headache, but Prudhomme promised it would provide some of the most spectacular imagery of the entire race. It should also provide some of the most spectacular racing.
“It never ends – it’s infinite,” Henri Desgrange once said of the 14.1km climb, while Jacques Goddet described it as “a terrible exigency that straddles the difficult and the terrifying.”
The climb, which seen some legendary Tour exploits, including Andy Schleck’s long solo in 2011, is preceded by the Col de Vars in a two-up set-piece, with both peaks taking riders into the oxygen-deprived heights of 2000+ metres of altitude.
With just three summit finishes on the route, riders can’t afford to wait around on days like this, and Izoard, comfortably the toughest proposition of the three, should see fireworks.
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