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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

2006 Tour route

Commencing in Strasbourg, the anti-clockwise trip around France by bike this summer will take in such sights as LBL's Haute-Levee, Amstel Gold's Cauberg, Fleche Wallonne's Huy and Paris Roubaix's Saint Quentin.  Following a sortie through Normandy and Brittany, the race will head south to a couple of Pyrenean stages which will see riders scale the heights of Col d'Osquich, Cold du Soudet, Col de Marie Blanque, Pau, Col de Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, Col du Portillon and briefly into Spain for the Val d'Aran/Pla-de-Beret.
The Alpine section will include such classics as l'Alpe-d'Huez, the Col d'Izoard, the easy side of the Col du Galibier (if there's such a thing), the Col de la Croix-de-Fer, the Col du Mollard, Col des Saisies, Col des Aravis, Dol de la Colombiere, Cotes de Chatillon and Lance Armstrong's 2000 Nemisis, the Joux-Plane.
No TTT this year, but two ITT - stage 7's 52Km flat romp around Rennes, and stage 19's 56km race against the clock that may just be the deciding factor for the final yellow.
Stage 10 (to Pau), 11 (to Val d'Aran/Pla-de-Beret), 15 (l'Alpe d'Huez), 16 (to La Toussuire) and 17 (to Morzine) should be the deciding mountain stages.