Bring on the pavé
What’s your assessment of the 2018 Tour de France route? Too hilly? Too flat? Too French? After all the foreign starts of late, I for one quite like the idea of the race running almost entirely on French roads for a change.
And as for the amount of climbing……. Well, for the fans can the Tour ever have too much? Sprinters might disagree.
Whatever you think, that first week is perfect for British fans wanting to follow the race each day. A ferry to St Malo or Cherbourg and a drive will get you to Tuesday’s finish in Sarzeau from where there’s a good holiday to be had following the race all the way over to Roubaix on the Sunday.
The unpredictable nature of those 154km and 15 sections of pavé on stage nine are for me the most tantalizing aspect of next year’s race.
Most stages, be they flat, mountainous or in-between, follow a familiar format. While watching that unfold is always fun, there aren’t many big surprises. But on that second Sunday next July, anything could happen.
Fifteen sections of pavé is a serious challenge for the Classics riders and the climbers will already be having sleepless nights. At least they’ll get their own back two days later.