Mister Stephen managed to get the lovely Miss Caron to watch some of this year's Tour de France. It is a little cold outside to day so what better way to warm my paws up than to think of the sunny climes of France in July when the Grand Tour is almost exclusively within France itself. For Caron and others here is a preview of the route.
Last year the race was decided on the climb of Mont
Ventoux and even Miss Caron was enjoying the spectacle and acheivement
as the top five in the General Classifiacation of last year launched
attack after attack on that famous climb. The race last year also
started straight into a stage but 2010 will see the Prologue return as
the peleton race mano a mano against the clock around Rotterdam.
Alps appear first in this years Tour with only two days of high
mountains separated by a rest day so don't expect to race to be decided
as we leave the alps on Bastille Day with the run from Chambéry to Gap.
expect the race to heat up in the Pyrenees, where there are three
consecutive days of racing from 18-20, then the climb to the top of the
classic Col de Tourmalet after the rest day in Pau it what looks set to
be the highest Pyrenees passes second Mountain top finish.
it is still tight at the top of the Col it may well come down after the
long run into Bordeaux with the only time trail apart from the prologue
on next years tour at Paulliac on the penultimate day. Then after the
overnight transfer into the heart of the country from the coast it will
be run up to the arrival on the Champs-Élysée on the 25th of July.