2007 Tour de France Profile
Some contend that the route of the 2007 Tour de France is easier than usual and certainly easier than the 2006 Tour route.
the Tour will enter the
After the rest day, the 2007 Tour?s final mountain stage will take place. The riders will go
After leaving the
What do those who are close to the race think of the 2007 Tour?s parcours? Bernard Hinault, the last French winner of the race, says, ??this is a balanced Tour. I?ve heard some say that it?s not that hard, but it?s the riders that make the race. The problem is that the riders use less and less the natural resources of the terrain and focus on strategic sectors of the race, which is a mistake.?
Eddy Merckx, who shares with Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, and Miguel Indurain the distinction of being a five-time winner of the Tour, agrees with Hinault. ?It looks [like] a pretty normal Tour,? says The Cannibal, ?not easy but not with too much climbing?.Although there is no Alpe d?Huez and Ventoux, the race still has tough summit finishes at the Plateau de Beille and on the Aubisque.?
Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) disagrees. Says the Frenchman, ?The beginning of this Tour is less classic; there are a lot of stages where long breaks can succeed. And there are some tough mountain stages, with climbs that are not well known, which can create some surprises. As for the time trials, it will depend how fresh you are. The first one, just after the
Chavanel?s countryman Christophe Moreau (Ag2r) gets the last word. He says, ??this Tour has a good balance that should provide a wide open race, which won?t be blocked