Earlier today (March 30, 2012), the Tour de l’Avenir 2012 was announced in Le Parc des Oiseaux and Le Grand Bornand. Besides the fact that the Tour de l’Avenir is a race that has crowned soon-to-be cycling’s finest: Joop Zoetemelk, Greg Lemond, Charly Mottet, Miguel Indurain, Laurent Fignon to name a few, the race follows some of Tour de France’s most famous classsic route.
This year is no exception. Starting from Dole on August 26 in the Jura and ending in Le Grand Bornand on September 1st, the route will take riders over Col du Telegraphe, Col de la Madeleine, Col des Aravis, and Col de la Croix-Fry
The day-to-day race is the following:
- August 26: Prologue in Dole (4 km)
- August 27: Dole to Belleville-sur-Saone (140 km)
- August 28: Le Parc des Oiseaux to Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (140 km)
- August 29: Pont d’Ain to Annemasse (152 km)
- August 30: Seyssel to Valloire (155 km)
- August 31st: Valloire to Les Saisies (130 km)
- September 1st: Beaufort to Le Grand Bornand (83 km)
The exciting news about the 2012 edition is the fact that the last 3 stages will be open to amateur riders! The 4-night/5-day package includes the option of riding the whole stage, or the last 60 km… or for those who feel this too dreadful, to follow the race in one of the official organization car.
Detailed information will be posted on the Tour de l’Avenir website at http://www.letour.fr/indexTDA_fr.html. For information on 4-night package, contact us (email@example.com; Twitter: @cyclomundo)
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