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Old 06-07-17, 09:19 AM   #1
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The TdF climbs 2017 - all you need to know

In a few weeks, the riders of the Tour de France will start to climb the first mountains of the race. But mountains come in all shapes and sizes - and most of them are not even real mountains! So some years ago, I began to gather information about the climbs of the Tour de France. That means that my analysis of the Tour's categorized climbs is now based on data from ten editions of the French stage race.

I've just published the results of this year's examination, and I recommend looking at the full analysis here:

www.danskebjerge.dk/article-categories-2017-full.htm

But if you're busy, and maybe even know all about categories already, there is a short version, too:

www.danskebjerge.dk/article-categories-2017-short.htm



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Old 06-07-17, 11:17 PM   #2
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dunno if I would say 6 fewer climbs over the course of 21 days is "far less" or "low in numbers." I have to commend the tremendous analysis, but man, ease up; it's still a great spectacle to watch.
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In a few weeks, the riders of the Tour de France will start to climb the first mountains of the race. But mountains come in all shapes and sizes - and most of them are not even real mountains! So some years ago, I began to gather information about the climbs of the Tour de France. That means that my analysis of the Tour's categorized climbs is now based on data from ten editions of the French stage race.

I've just published the results of this year's examination, and I recommend looking at the full analysis here:

THE CLIMBS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 AND EARLIER - Danskebjerge.dk

But if you're busy, and maybe even know all about categories already, there is a short version, too:

THE CLIMBS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 AND EARLIER - Danskebjerge.dk



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Old 06-12-17, 06:17 AM   #4
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dunno if I would say 6 fewer climbs over the course of 21 days is "far less" or "low in numbers." I have to commend the tremendous analysis, but man, ease up; it's still a great spectacle to watch.
Thanks for your comment.

Sure, it's still Tour de France and there are mountains. It's just that relatively speaking, this year's Tour does differ significantly from other Tours which tend to be fairly similar. For instance, the number of categorized climbs since 2012 has been: 59, 64, 63, 58 and 58. So going down to 53 in 2017 really is a difference. In particular because the climbs generally seem to be easier than usual.

As I write, a less mountanous Tour doesn't mean it's going to be predictable. On the contrary.
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It would be interesting to see the data on this years Giro and Vuelta and compare the climbs of all the Gran Tours

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interesting stuff. i love all three grand tours but they are like children-all a little different.
appreciate the spectacle of the giro, the crowds of the tour and the racing of the vuelta.
all that said, i'll take a shortish 130-150 km stage with 3-5 cat 1, cat 2 & hc climb mix
vs some 200-230km death slog with 3 hc climbs. the shorter mtn stages seem more animated.
i also find the myself enjoying the finishes including dicey descents 5-10 kms from the last
summit more and more.
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It would be interesting to see the data on this years Giro and Vuelta and compare the climbs of all the Gran Tours
I thought so too, and earlier this year I was made aware about this page (in Spanish, but the diagrams are easy to understand):

www.plataformarecorridosciclistas.org/2016/12/04/comparativa-de-los-puertos-de-giro-tour-y-vuelta-2016/
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Due to less and easier climbs in this years Tour, does anyone believe that this will give different riders a shot at the win and scramble the top 5? Who does this help?

I also noticed only 2 Americans on the start list as of now, Phinney and Talansky. Hope that changes.
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