Tour de France 2017 Route

Tour de France 2017 map

Tour de France 2017, the 104th edition’s route has been revealed by the ASO, the organizer of the French grand tour. This year, there will be less time trials (no team trial and a short 13.8 km ITT on the opening day and another 23 km on the penultimate stage, total of 33.8 km (1)) and many famous climbs not included the route, for example there will be no Alpe d’Huez, no Mount Ventoux, etc. Instead, they introduced many new climbs. Like the Vuelta a España, some of the climbs will be short-but-steep, and the mountain stages’ length are reduced. These short stages are probably inspired by Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España – these grand tours have had many short mountain stages in the recent years, which were full of action from the start (remember the 118.5 km stage 15 of Vuelta 2016, where Contador and Quintana joined the breakaway where Froome got isolated and lost 2:37 to Quintana). The shortest stage of last 30 editions of Tour (except the time trials and the prologues), the 13th stage between Saint-Girons and Foix, which is 100 km (62 mi) is another interesting aspect of this years’ race.
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A special “Purito” Canyon bike for Joaquim Rodríguez

Special Canyon bike for Joaquim "Purito" Rodríguez (featured)

After finishing fifth in the Olympic road race in his first Olympic appearance in Rio, Katusha’s Spanish rider Joaquim Rodríguez confirmed that he would retire immediately, rather than continuing to the end of the year. Canyon, the bike supplier of the Russian team produced a special “Purito” canyon bike for him.
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Luigi

Fabian Cancelara at Rio Olympics TT

“Luigi !!” was the only reaction by Lance Armstrong to Fabian Cancellara’s Olympics Time Trial victory. He wrote this comment on his Twitter account in response to the message posted by the US-based team Trek-Segafredo, who congratulated their rider on his victory. The message of the Texan was an innuendo, can be interpreted as an accusation of doping.
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