Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mister Stephen is rather excited about the route for the Tour de France 2009 which has been revealed today.
As he likes both F1 and le Tour he is quite excited of the prospect that le Grand Départ is in Monaco and seeing as this will need a spectacular back drop for the finish, it may well finish on or near parts of the Grand Prix circuit in Monte Carlo.
The cyclists, who may or may not include Mister Yellow Wristband, then will cycle along the Mediterranean coast. Before leaving Barcelona to head into the Pyrenees. They will then head through the Massif Centrale en route to the Alps.
But it is the penultimate stage of hell, finishing on Mont Ventoux . The most barren, the most inhospitable, the most feared mountain in Tour history that will be the ultimate decider of next years tour. Nothing will be set on stone although the riders reach that final summit one day before the procession along the Champs d'Elysée.
It may lack too many summit finishes but it is a tough, hilly tour, with a real sting in the tail.