It's almost mid-January and the 2017 cycling season is thus about to begin, more particularly with the Santos Tour Down Under, as usual the first UCI WorldTour race of the year. This year it will take place from Tuesday 17 till Sunday 22 January 2017!
This Sunday 9 October 2016 it's already time for the end of season classic in France, the 110th edition of Paris-Tours, which has the nickname of the classic of the falling leaves, just like its big brother Il Lombardia which took place last week. This year it will take place between Dreux in the Eure-et-Loir department and the Avenue de Grammont in Tours.
As usual, this classic is one of the last races of the season in France and the riders will thus be willing to show what they're capable of once more just before we get in the winter rest period.
In this article you'll find all you need to know about this end of season classic: the race route on Google Maps, and a downloadable version in Google Earth, the profile and the time- and route schedule.
As usual, velowire.com allows you to discover in detail the race route of this 103rd edition of the Grande Boucle, with maps on Google Maps/Google Earth. The first maps were available on the French version of the website 3 weeks before the start of the Tour de France 2016 already and these have been progressively completed since. All stages are now online, with the English translation.
With the informations in this article you'll get to know all tiny details, all cities and villages which will be visited by the Tour and you'll thus be able to prepare your visit of the Tour if you plan to go there, or simply better understand the race if you're staying home!
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This Friday, the 6th of May 2016, the Tour of Italy 2016 (or Giro d'Italia 2016) will start in Apeldoorn in The Netherlands with an individual time trial. All the other details about the race route, the roads the riders will follow, the time- and route schedules, the stage profiles and the race routes on Google Maps/Google Earth are available in this article, so you can follow the "fight for pink" in the best possible conditions, knowing what the riders will face!
Due to a lack of time and because the creation of these maps represents a big amount of work, velowire.com offers you the race routes of the 6 first stages to start with, knowing that the others will be published progressively while I'm working on them but in any case always before they'll take place! The race routes of all stages are now online, as ...
In 1892 the very first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège was organised and this race thus naturally has the nickname La Doyenne (the "oldest"). The first edition thus took place 124 years ago and this year is the 102nd edition of the Belgian classic which will take place between Liège, Bastogne and ... Ans (the finish location since 1992). Don't hesitate to read about the history of Liège-Bastogne-Liège which I published in the article about the race route of the 100th edition in 2014.
The race route has been a bit modified in 2016, mainly because of the roadworks on the Côte de Stockeu.
In this article you'll find all the details of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 race route with its map on Google Maps/Google Earth, the profile of ...
This Sunday, the Dutch classic, the Amstel Gold Race, will take place between Maastricht and the Rijksweg in Vilt. Indeed, since 2013, the finish is no longer on top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg but at the same location as where the races of the 2012 cycling World Championships finished.
The race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2016 - which is the 51st edition - is a little bit different from last year's race route but the UCI WorldTour race still contains the same 34 climbs (in 2011 we went up from 31 climb to 32 and in 2012 back to 31, before going up to 34 in 2013). In this article you'll find the time- and route schedule and the race route on Google Maps. You can also download the race route in Google Earth for example to do a virtual fly-over of the race. ...
The queen of the classics,; Paris-Roubaix 2016, will take place this Sunday. For the 114th edition of the race, the organisor chose to keep a similar route as the 2015 race route (which was identical to the 2013 race route) when the race was won by John Degenkolb, but there's one modification: the cobble stones section number 22, Verchain-Maugré, has been turned in for the Capelle-Ruesnes section which is partially uphill at the "Hameau du Buat". Situated in the first part of the cobble stones programme, this change shouldn't have a real impact on the result of the race.
In the Hell of the North all small things can however come disturb the race for one of the riders or maybe the contrary, help another one. So, nothing's sure beforehand: Sunday everything will be decided on the cobbles ...
The 27 cobble stones sections of Paris-Roubaix 2016
In the middle of the classics season, the Tour of Flanders this weekend is a real monument among the Belgian classics. Created in 1913 and only interrupted during the First World War, it celebrates a particular edition this year, the 100th, and the race saw all the big classics names win it, from Henri Suter to Alexander Kristoff via Walter Godefroot, Eddy Merckx, Roger de Vlaeminck and Johan Museeuw or Fabian Cancellara.
With 68 victories out of 99, Belgium is the record holder of the number of victories in the Tour of Flanders but we'll see this Sunday whether the Tour of Flanders 2016 race route which you'll find below on Google Maps/Google Earth will again deliver a Belgian winner or not.
The Tour of Flanders 2016 race route on Google Maps
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The Belgian classics continue this Sunday with Ghent-Wevelgem, a 242.8 kilometer long race which will come through a hilly area which often decides the outcome of the race in the second part of it.
In this article you'll find the race route on Google Maps/Google Earth for Ghent-Wevelgem 2016 and that race route is slightly different from last year!
The Ghent-Wevelgem 2016 race route on Google Maps
On Sunday morning, the riders and followers of the classics will meet up in .. Deinze for the start of Ghent-Wevelgem. Indeed, like many other races this race also carries the name of its historical start location but since 2004 already, the race doesn't start from Ghent anymore.
The race route of this race has been slightly modified compared to 2015 and even the climbs are not exactly the same. Enough changes to force me to completelty redraw the map!