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TOUR’21 PEZ Preview: Good, Bad, and Maybe!

2021 Tour de France Preview: Edhud, a PEZ Grand Tour specialist, should miss another trip to France thanks to covid-19, but here’s his “2021 Grand Boukle Preview”. Winners, history, courses and notable points of the “BIG ONE” starting on Saturday.

Pogačar again … or another Slovenian?

Edition: 108, the race was first run in 1903.
timing: Earlier than usual from June 26th to July 18th to avoid conflict with the postponed Tokyo Olympics. .. ..

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More fans on the roadside with “New Normal”

That bone:

  • 8 flat stages
  • 4 hill stages
  • Seven mountain stages with three finishes (Tignes, Saint-Lari-Slancor du Porte, Rus Aldiden)
  • Two separate time trial stages
  • 2 days break
  • Caution: Stage 7, over 249.5 kilometers, Bierzon Le Creusot will be the longest tour since 254.5 kilometers from Belfort to Troyes in 2000. [PEZ is hoping for no rider strikes over that one.]

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    Don’t strike


    Beginning in Brittany Bellohartland in the northwest, crossing the center of the country to the eastern Alps, then a long crossing to the southwest towards the Pyrenees, then north to perhaps the definitive chrono of Dordogne. I will. Another transfer to Gaipari and the finale. The north is avoided and there are no cobblestones that climbers are worried about.

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    Tour’21 Map: No cobblestones to the north

    Hills and mountains:

    As soon as the Grand Department Store in Brittany begins, the Armorican Massif will appear. Next are the Central Highlands, the Alps and the Pyrenees. There is also Le Signar d’Uchon, the first mountaineering in Morvan.

    Le Signar d’Uchon climbing Morvan for the first time

    I like PEZ:

  • Although I am happy with Andorra in the Pyrenees across the border, there is no overseas start with a large amount of “gimmick”. There is a clue in the name of the race. In France, 9 regions and 31 departments are visited.
  • Brittany’s first four stages – Heartland – home to Bobet, Inoue, Tom Simpson and many other Anglos learned this technique. Raise hard men in the photogenic and selective Mûr-de-Bretagne Hard Road – Advance Julian. There’s a hoodie here for Peter and Woot, and I hope I can meet Matthew. .. .. And those winds from the Atlantic will definitely play a role in the proceedings.
  • Breton start teaser

  • The above “slowback” stage 7, 249.5 kilometers. At an altitude of 3,000m, it is a tough run including the climb of Signar Dushon, with a 5.7km climb of 5.7% and an average final kilometer of 13.1%. Warning: The idea that Carlton Kirby is overcoming this in Eurosport is a bit worrisome. .. ..
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    Stage 7: Too long!

  • As old “Clock Basher” I personally like the 58km time trial. The race includes two tests, the most since 2013 and for the first time since 2017. The late “Knife Edges” T Ta la ’89 and ’20 are always a great way to approve a race.
  • There are many opportunities for sprinters.Yes, there are several stages “Paint the dryer” But the chaotic finale has been part of the tour since I was a boy and you have to love them. All the heaviest cannons are lined up. Arnaud, Caleb, Nacer – “plus de Cav”.
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    Stage 13: Echeron’s Day?

  • From Stage 13, Neem to Carcassonne, you can expect Mistral to come out and those beautiful “bordure” to be started by those nasty Northern European teams. There are days when the wind blows and you lose the race.
  • Stay away from the mountainous hoodie more than ever, with a very limited number of riders in the frame since the first joust with gravity. There are only three finishes at the summit. Headphones Cho Christie Prudhomme explained that when the stage ends at the top of the climb, big applicants usually wait to do something up to the last 800 meters. I hate being smart trousers, but it took me a while to find the Mushu trousers. I may have told you a few years ago.
  • At Stage 18 of the Col du Tourmalet (17.1km @ 7.3%) and Rus Aldiden (13.3km @ 7.4%), climbers need to spend “their big day”.
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    Stage 18: Col du Tourmalet and Rus Aldiden

    I don’t like PEZ:

  • All these transfers add a lot of time and stress to a cooler who has enough time to ride the toughest races in the world.
  • There is no northern stage and it is in the center of other French Bello around the Belgian border, but I think it will come back in 2022, but there are already enough transfers.
  • Would you like to finish the race with a time test on the Champs Elysees? The 1989 finale was probably the best ever, and last year’s Girochrono closing to Milan was great. The cliché photography opportunity on Stage 21 is always a nuisance to us – big guys / small bikes – champagne – winner’s yellow tongue and more.
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    No tadej, too much yellow

  • In that regard, I was recently exposed to rants from PEZ fortune-teller and prophet Victor. “All yellow” Things around the winner. He considers it an insult to Yellow Jersey. As a legendary German designer, Dieter Rams said: “Having a small touch of color makes it more colorful than having the whole thing in color.”
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    Stage 11: Ventoux x 2

    I’m not sure about PEZ:

  • Two rises in Ventoux at stage 11 – why? But we approve the downhill finale for this, which should inspire some desperate races.
  • Wallonia
    It’s been a while since I was the French world champion on tour

    I’m looking forward to PEZ:

  • French champion Dumond is at the starting line, watching the reception he receives.
  • Massacre of Mür-de-Bretagne.
  • Courtesy of Bordures Deceuninck – Quickstep and Jumbo Bissouma.
  • Kronos, perhaps the second Kronos, which may be decisive, but far more disadvantageous to Pogačar than last year’s Mountain TT?
  • Watch the “new wave” begin. .. ..
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    Stage 20 TT: May be decisive

    Currently 115,840 “old” French franc questions:

    Who is going to win?

    Roglič was well visible before his “holiday”


    History, formbooks and bookmakers say one of the two men, both Slovenes, will win the race. My second favorite race on 2/1 is Jumbo Bissouma, 31 years old Primož RogličHe was flying early in the season – he won three stages in Paris-Nice, but in the case of a crash he would have won an overall victory. Basque Country stage championship, GC, points, mountains. Second in fresh before he was isolated to prepare for his revenge in 2020 when his compatriots stole this race from him in that dramatic chrono. He is backed by a formidable team, but has only one obstacle, his young compatriot. .. ..

    Race Favorites – Tadej Pogačar

    Tadej Pogačar Is a phenomenon, at just 22 years old, he has already won the biggest race on the planet. This year, the first monument of the 2021 season looks like this: UAE Tour, Stage Winners and GC-Tirreno, Stage Winners and GC-Basque Country, GC Stage Winners and 3rd Place-Liège-Bastogne-Liege, Winners-Tour of Slovenia, Stage Winners, GC.Bookmakers say 6/4, making him a racing favorite even though the UAE team isn’t. “Grand Tour Friendly” Like Plymouth. They often don’t get it wrong.

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    Repeating last year’s podium?


    You can see the top two spots “Nailed” But the third step on the Champs Elysees is even more controversial.

    Thomas-his shape is good

    Geraint Thomas Is a tough cookie. He rode the first Tour de France in 2007, broke his pelvis and finished the 2013 Tour de France and has won this race, so what must be done to succeed I know exactly. Victory in Romandy, Catalonia-despite one of his frequent crashes-winning on stage, and third on the podium at the INEOS Clean Sweep in Dauphiné. But at the age of 35, it’s hard to see him beating a Slovenian man, despite having the best Grand Tour team of the era behind him. 4/1 refers to bookmakers.

    Is Carapaz a man of INEOS?

    In World War II, bomber co-pilots knew that if a pilot was beaten, it was their duty to drag him out of his chair and take command. The co-pilot of INEOS Richard CarapazThe winner of the Ecuador 2021 Swiss Tour is a great rider, but the bookmaker agrees that Giro will give the El Carmelo man the odds of 8/1, not the tour. You should stumble.

    Porto – 3rd place last year, are you assisting this year?

    It’s a yawning gap to your fifth favorite, Richie porte On 22/1 – Who will be Geraint “in service” And the sixth best, Julian Alaphilippe Early stage hunting on 25/1 in Colombia Rigoberto Urán 28/1; I don’t know if Rigo will win, but the recent GC victory and second place in Switzerland show that the smiling 34-year-old EF Man is in shape. He is another tough and experienced enchilada and will be selected for the popular podium.

    Almost “Superman” – Lopez

    40/1 is “almost a man” Miguel Angel LopezThe 27-year-old Colombian moved from Astana to Movistar this year. Neither team is famous for their tactical insights, but he is talented and Takayama is his specialty. The 57K time test is disappointing. “Hope” of his teammates and the Spaniards Enric Mas Is a top 10 finisher, but nothing more, bookmakers agree on 50/1. He shares odds with another INEOS man who was the winner of last year’s Giro. Tao Geoghegan Heart..

    Tao Geoghegan Hart is the winner of the Grand Tour


    If you’ve had a glass or two of beer “Good old days” If in your mind, put 1 or 2 euros at the age of 36 Chris Froome [Israel Start-Up Nation] If he wins, you score 125/1, teammates Mike Woods Same odds, but should bring victory on stage.Or what about Movistar? Alejandro Valverde, 39 years old, still wins, pays 200/1?

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    Who is that young man from Murcia?

    But as always “The way is decided” And maybe three weeks from now I think. “Did I really write something like that?”

    All that is left “Vivele Tour!”

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