Decisive battle in the Pyrenees! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (part 3)
Finally, the 2021 Tour de France route analysis came to the last one. In this article, Wheelsall will bring you the last seven stages, that is, the route analysis of the fifteenth to twenty-first stages.
The first part: "The stage is huge and the sprinter is ready! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (part 1)"
The second part: "Burn it up! The GC war is about to start! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (Part 2)"
Stage 15 (July 11): Ceret-Andorre La Vieille
As the last day of the second phase, the fifteenth stage is a difficult mountain stage. The track is 191.3km in length, starting from the territory of France and finally reaching the end point in Andorra. This stage includes a grade 2 slope (5.8km, 4.7%), three grade 1 slopes (8.4km, 5.7%; 10.7km, 5.9%; 6.4km, 8.5%) and a sprint point on the way. The first half of the game is an undulating road and a gentle upward slope with relatively low difficulty. Among them, the most difficult part is the 114km to 146km uphill section after the start. Riders need to conquer the successive 2nd and 1st grade slopes. I believe this game will be very exciting, after all, the next day is a rest day.
Rest Day (July 12)
Stage 16 (July 13): Andorra - Saint-Gaudens
After finishing a day in Andorra, the Tour de France has also entered the final stage. The sixteenth stage is an undulating road stage with a total length of 169km. It contains a 4-level slope (800m, 8.4%), two 2-level slopes (11.4km, 5.1%; 5.4km, 7.1%), and one 1 Grade slope (13.1km, 6.6%) and a sprint point on the way. The first 35km of this stage is downhill, so while maintaining the high speed, the drivers can also well retain their physical strength. The several climbing points on the way have a certain degree of difficulty, but they are slightly simpler than those in the mountain stage. In addition, considering the subsequent two "back-to-back" mountain stages, the overall results riders are likely to ride relatively conservatively. Therefore, the breakout group has a chance to win the stage championship.
Stage 17 (July 14): Muret-Saint Lary Soulan
On the seventeenth stage, the main group came to the Pyrenees again, with a total length of 178.4km, a total of two grade 1 slopes (13.2km, 7%; 7.4km, 8.3%), and the HC grade before the finish line. Climbing (16km, 8.7%) and a sprint point on the way. The first 110km of this stage is slow and the difficulty is relatively low. However, after entering the mountains, three consecutive climbing points are placed in front of the riders.
The competition has entered the third week, the first two grade 1 slopes are already quite challenging, but the HC grade before the finish line is even more difficult. If in the previous race, the overall results of the drivers have not been able to widen the gap too much, then the situation is likely to become clear after the end of this stage.
Stage 18 (July 15): Pau-Luz Ardiden
This tournament is the last mountain stage of the Tour de France, and several climbs are still located in the Pyrenees. It's the final time for the overall results drivers. Of course, this is also the last chance for the climbers who are eager to win the stage. The eighteenth stage is only 129.7km in length, with two grade 4 slopes (2.6km, 5.6%; 2km, 7%), and two HC grades (17.1km, 7.3%; 13.3km) including the end point. , 7.4%) and a sprint point on the way.
As the shortest stage of this tournament, after seeing the route setting, it was as if I heard the organizing committee saying to Riders: "Don't gossip, get in the car and talk about your strength." This stage is the same as training. , Shortening the distance of "garbage mileage" and directly enter the topic. Therefore, the pace of the whole race will be very fast, and the final two climbs will also determine the ownership of the final championship.
Stage 19 (July 16): Mourenx-Libourne
Finally, leaving the mountain, a good day for the sprinters has come. Compared with the previous two mountain stages, the nineteenth is a slightly plain flat road stage. The track is 207km in length, with only a grade 4 slope (1.9km, 5.3%) and a sprint point on the way. It needs to be pointed out that the climbing point and sprint point are placed within the first 55km, so the period until the last 30km may seem very long and the rhythm will not be too fast. Therefore, this stage is the gospel of the "10km party" compared to the mountain stage that needs to watch most of the race.
Stage 20 (July 17): Libourne - Saint-Emilion
As mentioned earlier, the eighteenth stage is the decisive moment. However, Roglič was smashed, and the genius boy Pogačar turned out to be like yesterday. Is this not focusing on the personal time period? No way, let's take a look at the elevation map of the 20th stage. The length of this stage is 30.8km. Although the distance is relatively long, the ups and downs in altitude are almost negligible. It is difficult to complete the turnaround by personal time stage. Of course, if the overall results are very anxious, then the importance of this stage will be greatly enhanced.
Stage 21 (July 18): Chatou-Paris Camps Elysees
After conquering the steep and difficult mountains and weathering the unpredictable weather, three weeks are fleeting. On the afternoon of the 18th, people on both sides of the Champs Elysées will be crowded, looking forward to the triumph of Riders.
This stage is only 108.4km in length, with only a 4-level slope (1.9km, 5%) and a sprint point on the way. In the first half of the journey, the entire main car group will take a "honorary ride" that is tens of kilometers long. The winners of various jerseys and their teams will take pictures and celebrate with a toast. However, after hearing the words "Cavendish" and "Champs Elysées Sprint", at least before the award ceremony, who would pay attention to the routine celebrations?
The most anticipated and exciting thing is of course the sight of the "Manx missile" returning to the Champs Elysées. But this also has a premise, that is, Cavendish needs to complete all the previous twenty stages. But anyway, as the final battle, the Champs Elysées sprint must be the most exciting sprint in this tournament.
So far, the analysis of the various stages of the 2021 Tour de France is over. I hope it can help all fans to grasp the race information in advance to get a better watching experience. Finally, although a generation will eventually get old, some will always be young. I wish Froome and Cavendish who have returned to the Tour de France. It’s exciting enough to see them appear again, isn’t it?