The stage is huge and the sprinter is ready! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (part 1)
The hot south wind drove away the spring. With the arrival of summer, the new Tour de France will start on June 26. The intensity and tactical choice of cycling events are closely related to the route setting. Today, Stitch lists the first seven stages of the race route for the majority of fans, bringing you a better viewing experience.
Generally speaking, the first seven stages belong to the sprinters' stage, which includes 3 ups and downs, 3 flat road stages and 1 individual timed stage. The first and second stages are ups and downs, and the difficulty is relatively low. Sprinters have a chance to reach the finish line. It is a bit difficult for the overall score drivers to open the gap with their opponents in these two stages. The third, fourth and sixth stages are flat road stages. I believe the sprint team will not give the rabbit drivers a chance. Finally, the fifth stage (ITT) and the more difficult seventh stage will most likely be the starting point for the overall score drivers to compete.
In summary, in the first seven days, the protagonists will be the sprinters and their sprint teams. Below, let's take a look at the detailed information of each stage.
Stage 1 (June 26): Brest-Landnor
As the opening match of this event, the first stage is of moderate difficulty, with a total length of 197.8km, and a total of four grade 4 slopes (900m, 5.1%; 3km, 4%; 2km, 3.4%; 2.5km, 3.9%). Two grade 3 slopes (900m, 9.3%; 3km, 5.7%) and a sprint point on the way. There are more ups and downs on the track as a whole, but there is not too long a climb, and the distance of steep slopes is relatively short. If the breakout drivers can make good use of the ups and downs in the second half, they will have a chance to win the stage. But what I have to say is that this game may eventually end with a group sprint.
The second stage (June 27): Perros Guirec-Meretane Geledan
The second stage will start from the northern coast of France, ride 165km south along the coastline, and end after a round of the city, with a total length of 183.5km. Same as the last stage, this stage is also an ups and downs stage, including four 4 grades (900m, 6.6%; 2.1km, 3.2%; 1km, 8%; 1.6km, 4.1%), two 3 Grade slope (2km, 6.9%) and a sprint point on the way.
Compared with the first stage, the difficulty of this stage is lower, the ups and downs are mainly concentrated in the second half, and the climbing distance and slope are slightly smaller than the former. However, since this stage is closer to the sea, the sea breeze on the day of the game may be an unknown factor. In addition, it is worth paying attention to the uphill 3km before the end point. Some drivers with a strong sprint ability will have a good chance to defeat the traditional sprinters in the melee.
Stage three (June 28): Lorient-Pontivy
The third stage is the first flat road stage of this competition, with a total length of 182.9km, including two grade 4 slopes (1.7km, 6.3%; 2.2km, 3.1%) and a sprint point on the way. Although it is not a purely level road, this level of climbing cannot cause any damage to the drivers. The rabbit group's chances are relatively slim. In addition to the chase and interception of the flat road team, they may have to face the invasion of strong winds. Unlike the first and second stages, the end of this stage is a flat road, so it is an absolute opportunity for sprinters. If in the first two stages, no sprinter can win the stage, then the end of the third stage will likely be a witness to the sprinters winning the championship.
Stage 4 (June 29): Leiden-Forgres
"If it is possible, I don't even want to climb 1% of the slope." The source of this sentence is no longer exquisite, but drivers who have said this sentence or feel the same will like the fourth stage very much. . There is no climbing point in the 150.4km track, and the ups and downs are almost negligible. The organizing committee only set up a sprint point on the 114.4km road. Therefore, it is almost certain that we can watch two sprint duels within the last 50km. The major sprint teams that are eyeing the green shirts and stage champions will stage a wonderful train blast and sprint battle.
Stage 5 (June 30): Shange-Lavaux
In the past, the Individual Time Trial (ITT) usually appeared as the opener, but the first ITT stage of the Tour de France was not ushered until the fifth day. This stage has a total length of 27.2km, and two midway timing points are set at 8.8km and 17.2km. The track is relatively flat, which is different from the popular flat road + steep slope route setting in recent years, so there is no need for drivers to change cars on the way. But in terms of distance, this stage is relatively long and can still play a screening role. Therefore, some drivers with poor ITT overall scores are likely to lose more time here.
Stage 6 (July 1st): Tours-Chateauroux
Leaving the northwest coast of France, the sixth stage came to the central region of France, which was also the last flat road stage of the first week. The track is 160.6km in length, with only a grade 4 slope (2.1km, 2.9%) and a sprint point on the way. In terms of intensity, this stage may be the lowest in the first week of the schedule. On the one hand, the drivers who are good at ITT have spent the last stage. On the other hand, the drivers who are expected to win the stage, or the drivers with the overall result, are likely to save energy for the seventh stage. Therefore, this stage may still end with a group sprint, the size of the breakout group will not be very large, and it will not constitute a substantial threat.
Stage 7 (July 2): Virzon-Le Crusoe
The seventh stage will be a long day with a total length of nearly 250km. Although it is officially marked as an ups and downs stage, the difficulty of this stage is relatively high. The terrain is flat in the first half, and the climb gradually increases after entering the mountains in the second half. There are two grade 4 slopes (2.6km, 4.2%; 2.4km, 5.3%), two grade 3 grades (3.2km, 5.3%; 4.6km, 5.3%), and one grade 2 grade (5.7 km, 5.7%) and a sprint point on the way.
In this stage, there is a great chance of breaking through the group. They can use the second half of the climb to establish a relatively stable advantage and try to win the stage. For the overall results drivers, the next two mountain stages are the highlight, but they may use all possible conditions to expand their advantages. Sprint drivers may return to the back of the group after passing the sprint point on the way. This stage is really not easy for them. However, in the first few days, the sprinter has had enough opportunities to show himself, and it is time to give up the stage.