Tour de France 2014 Queen Stage

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Pyrenees Koninginnenrit of the 2014 Tour de France took place. This stage will start in Saint-Gaudens and finishing in Saint-Lary, at Pla d?? Adet. During this queen stage are five main mountain incorporated. What is the timetable for this trip out? What are the favorites to win the stage? The queen stage is, like the other stages in the 2014 Tour de France, to be followed live on TV.

Starting Point: Sant-Gaudens

The French town of Saint-Gaudens is located in the department of Haute-Garonne. The department is part of the Midi-Pyrenees region. The municipality of Saint-Gaudens has over eleven thousand people. This community has over the years been quite often been the beginning or end of the Tour stages. The Tour has visited this church often, of course, is largely due to the location of this place, so close to all kinds Pyrenees Giants.Among the winners of the final steps in this location are also included legendary climbers such as Gino Bartali, Luis Ocana and Charly Gaul.

Finish Dishes: Soulan Plan Adet ??

The finish on this mountain scene located in the town of Saint-Lary-Soulan. This municipality belongs to the department of Hautes-Pyrenees. Saint-Lary-Soulan has officially only about 1,000 inhabitants, but this city is best known because of a famous ski area is located here. The largest ski area in the French Pyrenees are a total of about 700 hectares. This area is divided into three parts, one of which is a very well known name for bike enthusiasts: Pla d’Adet.
Pla d’Adet has since the seventies regularly a place where was a mountain stage of the Tour de France. 1974, Frenchman Raymond Poulidor the first winner of the trip came on top of Pla d’Adet. Joop Zoetemelk in 1975 was the first and so far only Dutchman who won the top Pla d’Adet. Other winners of rides that came on top of this climb, included: Beat Short, Zenon Jaskuła, Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie.

Trail Climbs And Timetable

This trip has been given the title Koninginnenrit, since this document is the toughest mountain stage of the Tour de France. The start of this phase is to queens 13:45 Sant-Gaudens. This late departure time due to the remarkable fact that this ride is quite short for a queen stage, with just 124.5 kilometers. When the riders 31 kilometers on the clock, you will find in Saint Beat intermediate sprint place. Below is an overview of the four mountain passes that are included in these queens stage through the Pyrenees.
Col du Portillon
The first ascent of the day, on paper at least serious of the four Pyrenees Giants must control the riders during the mountain stage. It is the Col du Portillo. The climb begins when the riders 49.5 km have been completed. This ascent is 8.3 kilometers long and has an average gradient of 7.1 percent. It is a climb of the first category.
Col de Peyressourde
The second climb is a very well known name among the Pyrenean Cols: Col de Peyressourde. This mountain is often included in the route of the Tour de France. The pitch starts when the riders have covered 69 km. This climb is 13.2 km long with an average gradient of 7 per cent. It is a pass of the first category.
Col de Val Louron-Azet
The third big climb this Pyreneeënrit is also a climb of the first category Col de Val Louron-Azet. The climb begins when the riders have covered 95 km. The ascent is 7.4 km long with an average gradient of 8.3 percent. It is expected that drivers arriving around 4:45 on top of the coals. The summit is 22 kilometers from the finish.
Saint-Lary-Soulan, Pla d’Adet ??
The last climb leads riders to Pla d ?? Adet. This is the only passport hors category must climb the drivers during this stage of the Pyrenees. The pitch starts when the riders 114.5 kilometers have been completed. The climb to Pla d’Adet ?? is 7.4 km long and has an average gradient of 8.3 percent. The finish on this tour is expected around 17:30.

Preview: Favorites?

What are the main contenders for victory in the queen stage? Normally applies to this queen stage, as for many mountain stages, there are two logical scenarios ?? s. One scenario is that it is relatively early in the stage a group of running away and deal with it until the finish line, with the result to win this trip one of the early break. However, someone must be with great climbing ability, given the awful tough course of this ride, which will be the winner. For example, a good driver who usually can ride a good classification, but rather in spite of the Tour already lost a lot of time. He therefore did not play a significant role in the general classification.
The other scenario is that the main overall contenders with their teams escapees already bijhalen in time and that the big Tour favorites in this mountain stage itself will compete for the victory scene . Since this trip, but very heavy, but is relatively short, the probability of this scenario comes out, this time is likely to be higher than the probability of the first scenario.

Live on TV

The Flemish Sporza, the Dutch NOS and Eurosport live from the scene. Normally they send this queen stage completely from beginning to end whole. More information about live cycling races in the 2014 season can be found here.

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