In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Tour de France; Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms; Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started; Cummings calls for British Cycling coach removal after Olympic snub; Female Trans America endurance racer out to break cycle of prejudice; Orica-AIS signs young talent for rest of 2016; Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer; Sven Nys opens cycling center; The art of the wheel: Remembering Donald Trump’s unconventional foray into American cycling; “Beyond The Race” – Pursuing the Tour de France: The Dream of Adam Yates; Tour de France 2016: Meet the teams; 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup; Peter Sagan “introduces” his team for the Tour de France; Greeting riders at the end of a Tour stage in 1927
Daily News Digest
It’s time. The press conferences and presentations are finished, new sponsors and kit have been unveiled, and soon the riders will actually get on their bikes and race. The Tour is here! But what is going to happen?
Here is an excerpt from our 2016 Tour de France preview:
As is ever the case with Grand Tours, the biggest challenges of the 2016 Tour de France come in the second half of the race. But the first week and half, while lacking the cobbled stages of recent editions, will deliver its own share of challenges.
Stage 8 is a big day through the Pyrenees, featuring four big climbs, while stage 9 (see below) includes the race’s first uphill finish: a 10km ascent into Andorra that will give the first indications of how the GC battle might unfold. The remaining three summit finishes come in the second half of the race. The Tour returns to the summit of the legendary Mont Ventoux on stage 12, stage 17 features two tough climbs in Switzerland to conclude the stage, and stage 19 is the race’s final uphill finish with a 10km ascent to close out the day.
The race’s individual time trials fall on stages 13 and stage 18, and both are likely to suit GC contenders — i.e. time trialists who climb well — rather than the pure time trial specialists. The 37.5km stage 13 ITT starts with roughly 7km of climbing and finishes with an ascent of roughly 3km of climbing. And the stage 18 time trial (see below) is a challenging almost-all-uphill effort with a short downhill before the finish.
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Today’s feature image comes from the team presentation at the 2016 Tour de France.