December 3, 2023

The looks of the Alps beginning this Friday shall be decisive on this second week of the Tour de France, after a primary that has been one of the vital intense in reminiscence, and the scene of the battle between the chief, the Danish Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo -Visma), and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Crew Emirates) for the yellow jersey.

After the remaining day on Monday, there shall be three phases of ‘transition’ to the Alpine vary. The overall classification after 9 phases appears to be a matter of two, Jonas Vingegaard, chief with 17 seconds forward of Tadej Pogacar, whereas the Australian Jay Hindley (Bora Hansgrohe) seems third, at two minutes and forty seconds.

This Tuesday, after the remaining day in Clermont-Ferrand, the peloton will journey 168 kilometers between Vulcania and Issoire, on a ‘leg-breaking’ route by the Massif Central that shall be a chance for specialists in one-day races or for a breakaway, after an preliminary week through which solely the one on Sunday got here to fruition with the victory of Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech).

On Wednesday it can provide a transparent alternative for sprinters, with an virtually utterly flat course between Clermont-Ferrand and Moulins, whereas on Thursday, 169 kilometers between Roanne and Belleville-en-Beaujolais, once more in a ‘seesaw’ fixed, excellent to interrupt the race and result in an thrilling stage, however with little curiosity for the overall.

The favorites will as soon as once more play a number one position within the return to the excessive mountains on Friday the 14th, the day earlier than arriving within the Alps, in a stage of solely 138 kilometers that ends on the Grand Colombier, 17.4 kilometers to 7 .1% common gradient, with a number of kilometers above 10%.

The primary alpine stage will happen on Saturday the fifteenth, in a really robust day with 4,200 meters of cumulative unevenness in ‘solely’ 152 kilometers, through which three first-class ports shall be ascended: Col de Cou (7 km at 7.4%) , Col du Feu (5.8 km at 7.8%), Col de la Ramaz (13.9 km at 7.1%) and the imposing Joux Aircraft (11.6 km at 8.5%) in particular class , which is topped 13 kilometers from the tip in Morzine.

To shut the week one other chain of 5 climbs in 179 kilometers from the beginning in Les Will get. With the Col de Aravis, in third class (4.4 km at 5.8%), the Cote des Amerands in second (2.7 km at 10.9%), and three first: Forclaz de Montmin (7 .2 km at 7.3%), the Croix Fry (11.3 at 7%), and the ultimate ascent in Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 7 kilometers at 7.7, which can host the end line at its high.