It isn’t oriented round 1 or 2 main climbs, however has a number of. It’s mainly continuous sawtooth. The truth is, it actually looks like SuperSaw! [insert supersaw vid.]
There are 5 climbs the place factors are up for seize, however there are extra climbs than that.
The route begins ascending proper after the primary mile! However simply 3 or 4 miles, at about 4.7%. Adopted by an 8 mile climb at about 5%.
So, a non-threatening breakaway will in all probability kind very early. On this combine, sprinters will simply keep out of the best way as a substitute of preventing for the inexperienced factors, which come after a relative flat part after this second climb. And on to extra climbing.
The ultimate 15 miles are downhill. The primary 10 or so miles are pretty steep, which can preserve issues strung out. If a breakaway occurs that threatens general GC, we could actually see some aggressive downhill using right here. After these 10 steeper downhill miles, the ultimate 5 degree out much more, which may enable regrouping. Any breakaway will actually must be out forward to carry off the challengers and chasers.
The ultimate couple of miles are actually delicate. A proper flip, a bend to the left, and a proper flip, then a short run to the road. This delicate finish contributes to the potential of chasers catching up with a runaway chief.
Or, if GC hopefuls mark one another your entire manner, they are going to all end collectively, then head on to the pub and loosen up.
The lengthy first week was actually nice TdF viewing, together with some dust-ups and fireworks within the GC, with out letting the GC actually get solidified an excessive amount of – which may trigger individuals to get disinterested and tune out.
Chances are high that within the GC, not a lot can be affected, however contenders will fritter away vitality marking one another.