Next year’s two Etapes du Tour have just been put up on their website. Here is what we are looking at:
The stage is, as the French translation says, ‘dense’ with mountains; similar to Act 1 in 2011. It is a relatively short stage, at 140 km, but will cross 4 Alpine passes (Glandon, Madeleine,Croix de Fer, Mollard) before a mountain finish at the ski resort of La Toussuire-Les Sybelles.
This is a map I made up based on the towns the Etape site lists along the route. It is probably very close to reality, but there could be some errors.
Act Two: Saturday, July 14th. Pau – Bagnères de Luchon (Stage 16 of next year’s TdF)
*Registrations for both Act One and Act Two start on November 17th at noon. Be quick, they get gobbled up quickly!
This is just me, sitting comfortably at my desk talking right now, but I’m thinking about doing an Etape Double in 2012. Anyone like to join me?
For more on the Etape go to my now-annual page.