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The Critérium International 2014 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth, profiles and itineraries

Added: friday 28 March 2014 at 22:03:00
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    The Critérium International 2014 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth, profiles and itinerariesThe 83rd edition of the Critérium International will take place this weekend in the South of Corsica. As usual, the race will be made up of 3 stages: one short stage in line on Saturday morning, one individual time trial stage on Saturday afternoon and finally another stage in line, longer and hillier, on Sunday.

    This will be the 5th time this race takes place on Corsica, since it was transferred from the Ardennes where it was organised from 2001 till 2009 (in the history of the race it has changed location several times, it initially started around Chevreuse in the Parisian area!).

    In this article you'll find the Critérium International 2014 race route on Google Maps, with the itineraries and the profiles generated based on the Google Maps tracks. Finally, you can download a KML file to discover the race route in Google Earth.


    Since it was transferred to Corsica, the race was won by Pierrick Fédrigo (2010), Fränk Schleck (2011), Cadel Evans (2012) and Chris Froome (2013). Who among the 113 participating riders (7 of the 15 teams will come to the start with only 7 riders; see the list of participating riders) will wear the yellow jersey at the end of the 3 stages of the Critérium International 2014 on Sunday night?

    The Critérium International 2014 race route on Google Maps

    1/ Saturday 29 March 2014 - morning - Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio - 89 km

    The finish in Porto-VecchioFor the 113 starting riders, it'll all kick off with a stage in line of 89 kilometers on Saturday morning.

    This stage will be relatively flat, with only one climb, the Côte de Conca. After the start in Porto-Vecchio and a short loop turning around the city center, the riders will first go south-east on a short circuit which brings them back to Porto-Vecchio about twenty kilometers further.

    Just north of Porto-Vecchio, they'll turn right on the D468, until Santa-Lucie-de-Porto-Vecchio where they go on north-west to the climb of the Côte de Conca. They'll then continue north until they get on the N198 close to Foni where they turn right on this route going north and back to Porto-Vecchio.

    They'll cross the race route they took to go north in Santa-Lucie-de-Porto-Vecchio before they battle for the intermediate sprint of this stage in Lecci. When they arrive in Porto-Vecchio they'll again turn around the city so they can go towards the finish from the south side. The finish, probably a sprint, will be at the crossing of the Rue Maréchal Juin with the Rue Commandant l'Herminier at the end of a long straight line of 1 kilometer.

    Hereunder you'll find the itinerary, the profile and the race route of this stage on Google Maps. Click on each of the images to open them.
    The itinerary of the first stage of the Critérium International 2014 The profile of the first stage of the Critérium International 2014 The map with the race route of the first stage of the Critérium International 2014 on Google Maps

    1/ Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio

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    2/ Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio (CLM)

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    2/ Saturday 29 March 2014 - afternoon - Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio - ITT 7 km

    The afternoon the usual time trial in the streets of Porto-Vecchio will be on the programme. The start ramp will be set up in the Rue John-Antoine Nau and the finish is 7 kilometers further, at the same place as where the stage finished in the morning, in the Rue Maréchal Juin, at the end of a long straight line of 1 kilometer. In-between, each rider will follow the roads of Porto-Vecchio towards the N198. When they get there, they'll turn right up to the round about. They'll do a complete turn of it and then go back down on the same route to another round about where the road crosses the Rue Maréchal Juin. They'll take this round about on the inside and go up to the finish.

    Hereunder you'll find the itinerary, the profile and the race route of this stage on Google Maps. Click on each of the images to open them.
    The itinerary of the second stage of the Critérium International 2014 The profile of the second stage of the Critérium International 2014 The map with the race route of the second stage of the Critérium International 2014 on Google Maps

    2/ Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio (CLM)

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    2/ Porto-Vecchio > Porto-Vecchio (CLM)

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    3/ dimanche 30 March 2014 - Porto-Vecchio > Col de l'Ospedale - 176 km

    The finish on the Col de l'OspedaleThe third and last stage will take place on Sunday, the day the summer time has started (the start will be at 11.45AM, summer time, after one hour less sleep), between Porto-Vecchio and the top of the Col de l'Ospedale, in the forest just before the Lac de l'Ospedale.

    After the start from the harbour of Porto-Vecchio, the riders first go down south down to Bonifacio. They'll then follow the coast line westwards, via the intermediate sprint of Monacia-d'Aulène and the climb of the Côte de Roccapina (149m, 2.7 km @ 3.8%). From there, they'll go north via the Côte d'Orasi (241 m, 4.4 km @ 5%), the intermediate sprint in Sartène and the feeding zone close to Propriano.

    From there, they'll go east via the Côte de Viggianello (330m, 4.7 km @ 5.2%). The race route then gets a bit more difficult, with the climb of the Col de Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano (736 m, 10.2 km @ 6%) and the Col de Bacinu (818m, 10.1 km @ 4.5%), before the riders get back to Porto-Vecchio where they'll battle for the third and last intermediate sprint of this stage.
    They'll start the final climb towards the Col de l'Ospedale where the finish line will be drawn after 14.1 kilometers at 6.2% (including one kilometer at 10.4%), at 957 meters altitude. That's how, after 272 kilometers, the 83rd edition of the Critérium International comes to an end.

    Hereunder you'll find the itinerary, the profile and the race route of this stage on Google Maps. Click on each of the images to open them.
    The itinerary of the third stage of the Critérium International 2014 The profile of the third stage of the Critérium International 2014 The map with the race route of the third stage of the Critérium International 2014 on Google Maps

    3/ Porto-Vecchio > Col de l'Ospedale

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    3/ Porto-Vecchio > Col de l'Ospedale

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    The Critérium International 2014 race route in Google Earth

    If you prefer to discover the race route of all stages of the Critérium International 2014 at once, or if you want to do a virtual fly-over of the race route, you can download the following KML file and open it in Google Earth:

    >> Download the Critérium International 2014 race route in Google Earth

    Download the Critérium International 2014 race route in Google Earth

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Incompréhensible que Prudhomme n'ait pas tracé l'étape de l'Ospédale pour le passage du Tour en Corse. Elle a de la gueule!

    | Dom | saturday 29 March 2014 at 0:07:27

  2. Ce n'est pas tant un problème logistique (il y a de la place au barrage) ou de tracé sur les étapes Corses (on aurait pu faire Calvi-Ajaccio, Ajaccio-Col de l'Ospédale, Porto-Vecchio-Bastia, ça n'aurait pas changé grand chose !), mais le problème était surtout que la Corse était en début de Tour. ASO n'a pas voulu trop "corser" le Tour d'entrée de jeu, car sinon, ça aurait été peut-être un vrai boulevard pour Froome avec cette arrivée au col de l'Ospédale. Un Tour doit savoir rester équilibré et ne pas proposer une entame trop montagneuse.

    Même si beaucoup ont regretté le fait que la Corse ait été "bâclée" et ignore les cols difficiles de la région, c'est surtout parce que l'organisation n'a pas voulu trop en faire et a misé sur des villes-étapes en bord de mer. Par ailleurs, on a eu droit à des étapes corses tout de même sympathiques, sans être incroyables : pour un début de Tour, c'était pas mal.

    (Même si oui, 200 km de plat au départ, c'est chiant, même avec les paysages. Heureusement que le bus Orica-GreenEdge a pimenté la fin de course. ^^)

    | Linkinito | saturday 29 March 2014 at 0:24:18

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