2006 Tour de France Course Profile
The 2006 Tour de France will be the first Tour of the post-Armstrong era.
last mountain stage, will see the field over the
Stage 8 will be a 193-km run from Morzine to
What do the riders and the team directors think of the first post-Armstrong Tour?s parcours? Ivan Basso (CSC), a man who could be king, says the following: ?Well, with the course for the 2006 Tour de France, it?s clear that I?ll have to improve in my time trailing and go faster on the climbs to win it.? Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank), who finished seventh in 2005, declares, ?I could certainly do with a few more mountains in it! It seems to be relatively easy; of course, nothing at the Tour is easy, but as far as the mountains go, the 2006 Tour isn?t too demanding.? Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears), who won an Alpine stage of last year?s Tour before abandoning, muses, ?Next year will be a very open Tour and very different from previous Tours when Armstrong was clearly the best.? Floyd Landis (Phonak), who finished ninth in 2005, says, ?I like the Tour route. It pleases me that I can show my time trialing skills twice, and I?m looking forward to the difficult last week in the
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