Today, at 255 days from the start*, the race route of the Tour de France 2015, 102th edition of the Grande Boucle, was officially presented. Without a real surprise as it comes to the stage cities which had already been anounced in the rumours about the race route, the official announcement confirms the surprise as it comes to the general profile of the race.
Very few kilometers of individual time trial, a first half on flat roads, a team time trial in the 9th stage (!), very few long stages and 10 days in the mountains to finish it all off are the elements which describe best this Tour ...
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While the official announcement will only be done on Wednesday 22 October in the Palais des Congrès in Paris, you probably know by now that every year early September you can find the first rumours about the upcoming Tour de France race route here, in this case for the ...> Read the whole story | 1087 comments | shown 185703x
Despite what most people expected, Paris-Tours 2014 was not decided in a sprint today! The breakaway (well, what was left of it) continued till the end and Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) managed to beat Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar).
The summary of Paris-Tours 2014
Immediately after the start, a breakaway was formed at the initiative of Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) who got company from Yoann Paillot (La Pomme Marseille 13), Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp-Endura), Kevin van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). Two riders chasing behind them, Pierre Gouault (BigMat-Auber 93) and Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Métropole), rapidly joined them and the breakaway of the day with 7 riders was thus complete.