Alaphilippe jumps like a champagne cap in Champagne and on the slope of Mutigny it draws the most cyclist moment of the Tour; Alaphilippe attacks desperate because he loses the yellow jersey on a white dirt slope from which his wheels raise a white powder that dyes the old photographs. And everyone sighs. The earthy extension of the Planche des Belles Filles did not take much work to imagine; discover the slope of Mutigny, yes. It required a tool of the future.
Cycling is a trip to an idealized past and the Tour your vehicle. The old-fashioned cyclists are venerated, like Alaphilippe, on routes believed to be ancient, alien to civilization. "The Tour began to run along the national roads, then it was done with the departmental ones, now we are looking for the communal roads and from here to nothing we will end up on dirt roads", predicts Thierry Gouvenou, responsible for the layouts of the stages. "The show asks for new climbs, asks for authentic tours. And Strava and other social networks help us discover them. "
The Strava social network is the weapon of the 21st century that allows the Tour to return to its epic origins, when the Tour before a race was an adventure of survival. It is a data mine. There is no cyclist who does not have his profile on the social network that reflects the routes he does every day to train or to enjoy, the time he invests in each climb, the slope that exceeds, the length of the ports he chains … And generates Rankings that the highest figures, starting with Valverde, are stuck to lead. Everything is registered in the network and allows to elaborate, for example, some heat maps that reflect the habits of cyclists and balloonists of each region, which roads they use more, which roads, which climbs. "It's a sign that we can not close our eyes," says Gouvenou.
This is the classification
|one||ITA Giulio Ciccone||29h 17:39|
|two||FRA Julian Alaphilippe||+ 00:06|
|3||BEL Dylan Teuns||+ 00:32|
|4||NZL George Bennett||+ 00:47|
|5||GBR Geraint Thomas||+ 00:49|
|6||CABBAGE Egan Bernal||+ 00:53|
|7||FRA Thibaut Pinot||+ 00:58|
|8||NED Steven Kruijswijk||+ 01:04|
|9||DOG Michael Woods||+ 01:13|
|10||CABBAGE Rigoberto Uran||+ 01:15|
|one||BEL Tim Wellens||43|
|two||ITA Giulio Ciccone||30|
|3||BEL Xandro Meurisse||27|
|4||BEL Dylan Teuns||13|
|5||ERI Natnael Berhane||13|
|6||THE T Tom Skujins||9|
|7||BEL Thomas de Gendt||8|
|8||GBR Geraint Thomas||4|
|9||AUS Simon Clarke||4|
|10||FRA Yoann Offredo||3|
|one||SVK Peter Sagan||177|
|two||ITA Sonny Colbrelli||121|
|3||ITA Elia Viviani||117|
|4||AUS Michael Matthews||116|
|5||AUS Caleb Ewan||76|
|6||ITA Matteo Trentin||75|
|7||BEL Greg Van Avermaet||70|
|8||NED Dylan Groenewegen||66|
|9||NED Mike Teunissen||64|
|10||BEL Jasper Stuyven||63|
|one||USES TREK SEGAFREDO||88h 27:39|
|two||ESP MOVISTAR TEAM||+ 01:39|
|3||FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ||+ 02:04|
|4||USES EF EDUCATION FIRST||+ 04:26|
|5||NED TEAM JUMBO – VISMA||+ 08:31|
|6||GBR TEAM INEOS||+ 08:34|
|7||BRN BAHRAIN – MERIDA||+ 10:20|
|8||UAE UAE TEAM EMIRATES||+ 11:03|
|9||KAZ ASTANA PRO TEAM||+ 11:40|
|10||FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE||+ 13:28|
"To draw the Tour, my main tool is my own experience and that of my colleagues. We do not only draw the Tour, also Dauphiné and Paris-Nice, and we believe that we know everything, but no. Sometimes what we know is not enough, "explains Gouvenou, who has been a cyclist and has run many Tours. "The new social networks allow me to study the region a bit before going on the ground and see if there are interesting things for us."
In the Épernay stage that Alaphilippe won, the new technology helped a little. Today, the one that starts from Mâcon, the town of Griezmann, and crosses the vineyards of Beaujolais with its gentle hills, reaches the most abrupt Saint Étienne, and in 200 kilometers it nails five ports of second unusual and two third of a kind. of Liege compressed, it could well be said, says Gouvenou, that is the Strava stage of the Tour of 19 "The social network helps especially in regions where we do not go much. In the Pyrenees or the Alps, no. From cabbage to cabbage everything is known, from Galibier to Croix de Fer or from Tourmalet to Aubisque. I do not need the Strava to know it. But for the Mâcon-Saint Étienne stage, yes. The Tour does not spend much there and we wanted to make a difficult stage. It's something very new and it will surprise the runners … "
Following a path of crosses – Croix Montmain (6.1 kilometers to 7%), the Croix de Thel (4.1 kilometers to 8.1%), the Croix de Part (4.9 kilometers to 7.9%) and the Aveize (5.2 kilometers to 6.4%) and the final level, and bonus, to 13 kilometers from the finish line, from La Jaillière (1.9 kilometers to 7.6%) – the peloton will be introduced by highways rural narrow and so steep only accustomed, as the pave de la Roubaix, the passage of tractors and other agricultural vehicles, the smell of slurry, two horses of the baker. A dip in the deepest France with Strava's compass.