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TOUR DE FRANCE 2002 PREVIEW

The Shortest Ever Tour de France in 2002

By Larry Hickmott

Date: 26 October 2001

 
INTRODUCTION

PARIS, Oct 25 (AFP) - Next year's Tour de France will be the shortest in the event's long history covering 3,282 kilometres from the prologue in Luxembourg to the finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Unveiling plans for the 2002 Tour, organisers said that the first stage proper would also be in Luxembourg with the second stage finishing in the German town of Sarrebruck. The peloton would finally hit French soil in the third stage from Metz to the Champagne capital of Reims.

 
The tough mountain sections would be concentrated in the second half of the Tour which runs from July 6 until July 28 with two climbs in the Pyrenees and three in the Alps. The mountain stages will include five mountain top finishes.
 
The riders will also be given two rest days. A total of 21 teams with nine cyclists per team are expected to compete in the bid to dethrone Lance Armstrong of the United States who has won the last three Tours.
 
Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc said that the trend over recent years in major cycling tours was to make them shorter than in the past. "It does not make sense to outlaw the taking of illegal drugs and at the same time making it tougher and tougher for the cyclists," he said. "This Tour will be focussed and intense particulalry in the last 10 days."
 
Leblanc said that the first 10 days of the Tour would be mainly on the flat while most of the tough stages would come later on. "The Tour must give chances to the sprinters as well as to the climbers and the time-trialists. We tried to draw up a circuit that allows the best all-round cyclist to win."
 

In brief, the Tour will comprise of:

- 10 flat stages

- 1 medium mountain stage

- 6 high mountain stages

- 2 individual time-trial stages

- 1 team time-trial stage

- 5 mountain finishes

- 2 rest days

- 108 kilometres of individual time-trials

- 68 kilometres of team time-trials

- 1 transfer by plane and 1 by train (TGV)

- 21 Cat 1, Cat 2 and hor cat passes will be climbed

- 8 new stop-over towns:

Sarrebruck,

Château-Thierry,

Saint-Martin-de-Landelles,

Bazas, Lavelanet,

Vaison-la-Romaine,

Bourg-en-Bresse,

Régnié-Durette.

 

THE STAGES

06 July: Prologue à Luxembourg, 65 km (time Trial)

07 July: Stage 01: Luxembourg - Luxembourg, 195 km

08 July: Stage 02: Luxembourg - Sarrebruck (Allemagne), 175 km

09 July: Stage 03: Metz - Reims, 185 km

10 July: Stage 04: Epernay - Château-Thierry, 68 km (Team time Trial)

11 July: Stage 05: Soissons - Rouen, 198 km

12 July: Stage 06: Forges-les-Eaux - Alençon, 198 km

13 July: Stage 07: Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - Avranches, 173 km

14 July: Stage 08: Saint-Martin-de-Landelles - Plouay, 214 km

15 July: Stage 09: Lanester - Lorient, 55 km (Individual time Trial)

16 July: Rest day/transfer

17 July: Stage 10: Bazas - Pau, 147 km

18 July: Stage 11: Pau - La Mongie, 158 km

19 July: Stage 12: Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille, 198 km

20 July: Stage 13: Lavelanet - Béziers, 166 km

21 July: Stage 14: Lodève - Mont-Ventoux, 220 km

22 July: Rest day

23 July: Stage 15: Vaison-la-Romaine - Les Deux-Alpes, 226 km

24 July: Stage 16: Les Deux-Alpes - La Plagne, 179 km

25 July: Stage 17: Aime - Cluses, 141 km

26 July: Stage 18: Cluses - Bourg-en-Bresse, 180 km

27 July: Stage 19: Regnié-Durette - Mâcon, 52,5 km (Individual time Trial)

28 July: Stage 20: Melun - Paris Champs-Elysées, 147 km

 

KEY MOUNTAIN STAGES

STAGE 11 (La Mongie):

Col d'Aubisque (1709 m): 16,7 km @ 7.1%

Col de Soulor (1474 m): 2,3 km @ 5,2%

La Mongie (1715 m): 12,9 km @ 6,8%

 

STAGE 12 (Plateau de Beille):

Col de Menté (1349 m): 9,4 km @ 9%

Col de Portet d'Aspet (1069 m): 4,4 km @ 9,6%

Col de la Core (1395 m): 14,3 km @ 5,8%

Col de Port (1249 m): 12,6 km @ 4,9%

Plateau de Beille (1780 m): 15,9 km @ 7,8%

 

STAGE 14 (Mont Ventoux):

Mont Ventoux (1912 m): 21 km @ 7,5%

 

STAGE 15 (Les Deux-Alpes):

Col de Prémol (963 m): 2,2 km @ 5,5%

Col de Grinone (1318 m): 11,5 km @ 4,8%

Col d'Ornon (1371 m): 9,8 km @ 4,8%

Les Deux-Alpes (1644 m): 11,5 km @ 6,1%

 

STAGE 16 (La Plagne):

Col du Galibier (2645 m): 33,7 km @ 4,7%

Col du Télégraphe (1566 m): 4,8 km @ 3,5%

Col de la Madeleine (2000 m): 19,3 km @ 7,9%

La Plagne (1880 m): 17,3 km à 7 %

 

STAGE 17 (Cluses):

Cormet de Roselend (1968 m): 19,4 km @ 5,8%

Col des Saisies (1650 m): 15,3 km @ 6%

Col des Aravis (1498 m): 11,7 km @ 4,9%

Col de la Colombière (1618 m): 11,8 km @5,6%

 

 TEAMS

The organisers said this of those that qualify, "21 teams of 9 riders will be invited to take part in the 2002 Tour de France. These teams will be selected in two rounds in accordance with the International Cyclist Union rule which applies to the three Major Tours: 16 teams automatically selected at the end of October, 2001 and 5 teams invited by the Organization on May, 1st, 2002."

Bearing that statement in mind, this is the expected lineup (except for the 5 five wild cards)...

The top 10 teams in the UCI Rankings

1. Fassa Bortolo Ita

2. Team Deutsche Telekom Ger

3. Rabobank Ned

4. Mapei - Quick Step Ita

5. Lotto - Adecco Bel

6. Ibanesto.Com Esp

7. Cofidis, Fra

8. O.N.C.E. - Eroski Esp

9. Us Postal Service Usa

10. Domo - Farm Frites Bel

Two more qualify having won the team awards in Grand Tours this year Alessio (team award in the Giro) Kelme (team award in the Tour de France)

The team award winners for the Vuelta, iBanesto already qualified being in the top 10. The final 4 spots are filled by the four teams that follow in the UCI rankings, namely:

11. Lampre - Daikin Ita

15. Tacconi Sport - Vini Ita

16. Team Csc Tiscali Den

17. Euskaltel - Euskadi Esp

Teams that do not qualify automatically include that of Gilberto Simoni and Danilo Di Luca, namely, Saeco. This leaves the Tour organisation with 5 wild cards to pick, and with only one French team automatically selected don't expect those invites to have a long distance stamp on them. Note: The teams Festina and Liquigas are dissapearing at the end of this year so those below them in the UCI rankings can move up.


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