Big ques­tion, plus your let­ters

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It’s a shame I will be off work sick dur­ing the Roubaix, Alpe d’huez and Tour­malet stages and per­fectly fine any other time of the year. (Dis­claimer: if any bosses see this, I haven’t been off sick in three years.)

Marc Selby

Chris­tian Prud­homme must have liked last year’s penul­ti­mate time trial for a bit of last-minute sus­pense. The short num­ber of in­di­vid­ual kilo­me­tres against the clock now don’t seem to play against Chris Froome. He can hold his own in the moun­tains, and has rid­den well on windy/clas­sics-style stages in pre­vi­ous edi­tions. Sky’s ri­vals must be won­der­ing what they can do to stop him. Bribe him to ride the Giro d’italia and wear him­self out be­fore the Tour, per­haps?

Mike Stephens

Tough route — great to see Alpe d’huez back again.

Paddy Far­rell

Roubaix seems un­nec­es­sary for a Grand Tour, but the short Alpine and Pyre­nean stages and with Alpe d’huez etc, should make the lat­ter part re­ally ex­cit­ing.

Tim Bonville-ginn

It’s a great route with a good mix of ter­rain. I’m par­tic­u­larly lik­ing the cob­bled and gravel sec­tions! In­ter­est­ing to see what set up the rid­ers will use for the gravel sec­tion con­sid­er­ing the other climbs on the stage.

Seph Pochin

It will take roughly three weeks, gen­er­ally tours round bits of France. It has hilly bits, moun­tain­ous bits, flat bits and fast bits. It is sched­uled for 2018 too... so all in all... it looks like the or­gan­is­ers have man­aged to plan a Grand Tour of France in 2018. Job done.

Michael Mce­wan

Again, it looks like the stages that aren’t in the big moun­tains may pro­vide some of the big­gest sur­prises and en­ter­tain­ment. Of course, we’re all look­ing for­ward to that stage to Roubaix and just how that tiny 65km moun­tain stage will pan out. The lat­ter could pro­vide some fu­ri­ous at­tack­ing and rac­ing. We can hope!

Peter San­ders

It looks like a clas­sic Tour de France route — no ma­jor sur­prises, and ev­ery­thing present and cor­rect. Per­haps only the in­clu­sion of the mighty Mont Ven­toux would have topped it off, but you have to leave some things for the next edi­tion.

Kevin Poole

It doesn’t matter what course the Tour serves up, it’s the rid­ers that make the race. This has been proven over the past few edi­tions, where some of the flat­ter stages have been great to watch while the climb­ing stages have pe­tered out and failed to de­liver (not all of them, but some). Hav­ing said that, I do love watch­ing the aerial shots of France: the most won­der­ful coun­try with so much scenery to show off.

Ge­orge Tay­lor

Most fans (but not rid­ers) are look­ing for­ward to the cob­bles

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