The 2014 Tour de France route was revealed today and looks to be one for the climbers.
Five summit finishes and just one long 54km time trial on the penultimate day looks set to favour the climbing specialists rather than the time triallists. The one day specialists will have their day as well as stage five features 15.4km of cobbles over nine sections including the iconic Carrefour de l’Arbre section from Paris-Roubaix before finishing in Wallers.
After the Grand Depart in the UK with two stages in Yorkshire and one between Cambridge and London, the race then heads back to France with clockwise loop round the country. A lumpy route south includes a steep finish at La Planche des Belles Filles where Chris Froome won his first Tour stage in 2012. Then it’s on to the Alps with finishes at Chamrousse and Risoul before tackling the Pyrenees three days later.
Three stages here will provide some real fireworks as the last two stages finishing atop Pla d’Adet and Hautacam respectively are relatively short at less than 100 miles (150kms). This will be the last chance for the climbers to gain some time before the long time trial in the Dordogne two days later on the race’s penultimate day. The final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris returns to its traditional afternoon slot where the sprinters will have the final say.
Will it suit 2013 winner Chris Froome?
Mountains – Should do
Time Trial – Yes
Overall – we think so!