Burn it up! The GC war is about to start! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (Part 2)
After the first seven stages are over, the battle for the total score will officially start in the eighth stage. Now, let us take a look at the eighth to fourteenth stages.
Part I: "The stage is huge and the sprinter is ready! 2021 Tour de France route analysis (part 1)"
Stage 8 (July 3): Oyonnax-Le Grande Bornand
The eighth stage is the first mountain stage in this event, with a total length of 150.8km, including a 4-level slope (2.7km, 4.9%), a 3-level slope (6.5km, 4.4%), and three Grade 1 slope (5.7km, 8.3%; 8.8km, 8.9%; 7.5km, 8.5%) and a sprint point on the way. From the distance point of view, this stage conforms to the general trend of recent years, which is to shorten the mileage of the mountain stage to a certain extent in order to achieve the purpose of increasing the intensity of the competition.
From the point of view of the setting of the climbing point, the three grade 1 slopes before the end point can play a strong screening role. However, although this stage is a mountain stage, there is a 14km downhill before the finish line. Although Froome's descent action has been banned, Froome's downhill attack that year is still vivid. Therefore, in addition to climbing this stage, this downhill period is also a potential highlight.
Stage 9 (July 4): Cluses-Tignes
The ninth stage is a "back-to-back" mountain stage with a total length of only 144.9km, but the difficulty has increased abruptly. It must be the most difficult day of the first stage. This stage contains two grade 2 slopes (2.5km, 9.4%; 5.7km, 6.5%), two grade 1 slopes (9.4km, 6.2%; 21km, 5.6%) including the top end of the mountain, and one HC Grade climbing (12.6km, 7.7%) and a sprint point on the way.
After the end of this stage, the cyclists will have their first rest day, so the pace of the race may be very fast. It has to be said that the climbing difficulty in this stage is very high, and the major teams have enough space to make tactical arrangements. Unless it is a pure climbing cyclist, it will be more difficult for a bunny cyclist to reach the finish line. In addition, this mountain stage may also affect the competition for the green shirt. It is not a small challenge for a heavy sprinter to ride to the finish within the finishing time.
Closed (July 5)
Stage 10 (July 6): Albertville-Valence
After finishing the day's rest adjustment, the organizing committee arranged a "rest day" for the total score cyclists. The tenth stage is a flat road stage with a total length of 190.7km, a total of 4 grades (7.4km, 2.8%) and a sprint point on the way. The first 80km of the track has relatively large ups and downs, and the second half is relatively flat. Only a section of the track 50km before the finish line has a low lethality. The chance of breaking through the cyclists is not great, and this stage has a great possibility of ending with a group sprint.
Stage 11 (July 7): Sorgues-Malaucene
The eleventh stage is a long mountain stage with a total length of 198.9km, almost 200 kilometers. In the stage, two grade 4 slopes (1.9km, 6%; 2.5km, 5.1%), two grade 1 slopes (9.3km, 6.7%; 22km, 5.1%), and one HC grade (15.7 km, 8.8%) and a sprint point on the way. Although the distance of this stage is very long, the real starting point of the competition is actually about 65km, before the first grade 1 slope.
The first half of the schedule is relatively flat, and there is likely to be a sprinter to break through to grab the sprint point. The total score team is most likely to start action before the first grade, compete for position and pull out the train. At the same time, at this point in time, there may be breakout groups that include more climbers. Of course, it is definitely the final HC grade slope that determines the title of the stage and affects the overall result to a large extent. The first cyclist to pass the top of the slope can almost be said to have locked the stage championship, so on this 15km mountain road, there will be a fierce fight.
Stage 12 (July 8): Saint Paul Trois Chateaux-Nimes
After experiencing a lot of consumption in the last stage, the cyclists will usher in a flat road stage. The length of the twelfth stage is moderate, 159.4km, a total of 3 grades (4.4km, 4.6%) and a sprint point on the way are set up in the whole course. The difficulty of this stage is relatively low, there are some ups and downs on the way, and the highest altitude is only about 330 meters. The total score cyclists can have a rest in the group, the years are quiet, and the sprint cyclists will be fully fired at the last moment and fight to the death.
Stage 13 (July 9): Nimes-Carcassonne
The thirteenth stage is also a flat road stage, but the distance is longer, 219.9km, comparable to many spring classics. However, since it is a flat road stage, the overall difficulty is naturally not too great. There is only a 4-level slope (5.5km, 3.6%) and a sprint point on the way. Except for the climbing point, there was no big climb in this stage. Although there will be slight ups and downs in the second half, the difficulty is almost negligible. For cyclists, this will be a long day. Their greatest enemy may not be a specific opponent, but a crash that may be caused by a cyclist in the group who is distracted.
Stage 14 (July 10): Carcassonne-Quillan
After getting enough rest, the offensive and defensive tug-of-war of the total score will reignite. The fourteenth stage is an undulating road stage with a total length of 183.7km. There are two grade 3 slopes (3.1km, 5.3%; 2.2km, 9%) and three grade 2 grades (4.2km, 8.7%). 6.8km, 5.7%; 4.7km, 7.4%) and a sprint point on the way.
Although this stage is an ups and downs stage, it is still quite difficult. The slopes of several climbing points are relatively large. The sprinter can be said to have missed the stage champion. However, the distance between these climbing points is generally not too long, and it is precisely because of this that this stage is not divided into the category of the mountain stage. The total score cyclists want to open a big gap with their opponents. A certain degree of difficulty. However, from another perspective, this stage opens the door for the rabbit cyclist to win.