Tour de France Route: Announcement and Reactions

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10/29/2004| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
2005 Tour de France.
2005 Tour de France.

Tour de France Route: Announcement and Reactions

English philosopher Thomas Hobbes described human life in a state of nature as "nasty, cruel, brutish, and short."

yellow jersey or to claim a higher spot in the general classification. Stage 21, the final stage, will be a 169-km run from Corbeil-Essonnes to the
Champs Elysees . The stage will begin as a procession for the winner but will probably end as a battle for the green jersey.

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What do riders and team managers think of the route? CSC directeur sportif Kim Andersen likes it. ?It?s a really good route for us,? he said in an interview with ?The fact that it starts with a 19-km time trial is a clear advantage for us because we?ll definitely try for the yellow jersey again. At this point, I predict Jens Voigt as the guy who is able to go for the jersey in the first week, where the team time trial is a big goal for us also. We?ll have the same ambitions as this year as far as results go. We?ll be going for both stage wins and as well as the overall victory. [Ivan] Basso and [Carlos] Sastre both have good chances of finishing among the best, and they?ve both been doing the Tour for several years. Basso gained a lot of experience last year, and I?m sure, he?s very keen to go even further up the podium.?


Hans Holczer, Gerolsteiner?s team manager, likes the route as well. ?It?s fantastic,? Holczer told ?Friday, the arrival in Karlsruhe and Saturday, the start at
. It will be a great pleasure for us, and for sure we will have a strong focus on the stage to


CSC?s dynamic duo, Ivan Basso and Carlos Sastre, speak highly of the route. Basso says, ?It suits me fine that there are fewer time trial miles on the route because even though I?ve improved in that discipline, it?s still the one area where I might lose some time.? Sastre agrees. ?There?s only one long time trial, which means the race will be decided in the mountains. It will probably be quite dramatic. I think the
Alps will be very tough, and it looks like there?ll be lots of opportunities for attacks in the
Pyrenees, where there are varied climbs and narrow roads. The last five days it will be very hard to maintain control for the team with the yellow jersey, and I think there will be a lot of dangerous attacks at that point.?


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