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TDF 2020 - Stage 10: Île d'Oléron Le Château-d'Oléron>Île de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré 168.5k *Spoiler*

Stage 10: Île d'Oléron Le Château-d'Oléron - Île de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré 168.5kms



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Two islands linked by a stage of the Tour, that’s already a first for the peloton that will find it hard to make it bunched to Saint-Martin-de-Ré. The stage will be marked by the Vauban buildings in Royan, Rochefort or La Rochelle, but also by a course mainly set by the sea… and the crossing of marshlands swept by wind.



Two islands linked with a start and finish, it has never been seen before on La Grande Boucle. The riders head from Île d'Oléron to Île de Ré.
Oléron is in fact it is the second largest island of France after Corsica.



The race heads south to move through Royan before heading back north towards Rochefort and La Rochelle. The connecting theme of these three cities is Vauban, a military architect who constructed numerous fortifications throughout France during the reign of King Louis XIV.



The rider's main concern is likely to be the strong winds in this Atlantic jaunt. After crossing the 2.9 kilometres Île de Ré bridge, completed in 1988, the finale leads to the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Again, the fortifications of Vauban are to form the picturesque backdrop to a likely sprint finish.





This area is renowned for its strong winds, although the weather can be calm as well. So are we going to see a tranquil stage with a thunderous sprint finale or will it be thunderous from start to finish?

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Île d'Oléron Le Château-d'Oléron

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Population: 4,200

Cité de l’Huître (City of Oyster)
It offers a fun and interactive discovery of oyster farming as it is practiced in the Marennes-Oléron basin. Themed huts make up the route to learn all about the different stages of the oyster's life. Throughout the year many activities are offered: bike rides, initiations to open oysters, tasting hot oysters.



Specialties: Marennes-Oléron oysters, shells, shellfish, mussels. Fish. Melon of Charente, onion of Saint-Turjan. Viticulture (pays charentais wines, cognac, pineau). Beer (Naufrageurs, Fort Boyard). Marine salt.






Île de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré

No previous stage

Population: 2,300 in Saint-Martin-de-Ré



Specialties: salt, wine (Rosé des Dunes, pineau), oysters, shells, shellfish, pastis of île de Ré, goat cheese.














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  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,420
    Anyone got the wind / weather forecast for the stage?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,871 Lives Here
    edited September 2020
    google says coming in from the north, so that final stretch after la-rochelle will be cross/tail.

    Quite weak though, 19kph.

    General rule I think is you need over 35kph for echelons.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,355
    Close to one of my favourite days riding on the trip that made me a cyclist... Mostly because I was no longer in the sssodding Gironde forest and so there was something to finally see other than arrow straight road and planted trees...😴
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 17,135
    Wonderful place Ile de Re. And cyclist friendly to boot.
    Must return one day.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,254
    edited September 2020

    Anyone got the wind / weather forecast for the stage?

    I have good news and bad news as far as the weather goes.

    The bad news is that tomorrow should be a beautiful day that will be accompanied by light winds.



    The good news is that the whole race seems likely to get very little bad weather with lots of warm or even hot sunshine.
    There is a caveat to though: If there is going to be a bad weather day, atm the most likely candidate is the Col de la Loze day.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,355
    Sea Breeze though...

    (He says hopefully...)
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,058
    I thought this tour was supposed to be completely hostile to sprinters? There's been plenty of sprint stages so far
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  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,920
    That have been won by a mountain domestic. :D
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,871 Lives Here

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    That sounds hopeful.
  • Crashfest ahoy, I reckon. Riders unfocussed by covid test stress and gossip, possible echelon weather and general sprint stage madness.
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  • Oh and Vaughters thinks the route is dangerous

    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • The wind is swinging around late in the stage to the North West.



    That's the 4pm in the UK forecast.

    A spot of late chaos would be nice.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 17,135

    Oh and Vaughters thinks the route is dangerous

    The roads there are narrow and apparently there is a corner 300m from the end.
    Can you imagine the battle to be at the front going into that corner, and the speed?
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  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,376

    Oh and Vaughters thinks the route is dangerous

    Rare to see him having a whinge.

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  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,604
    edited September 2020
    To get to the Île de Ré they have to ride over this bridge, which is steep enough to provide a launch pad for an attack for someone who is strong enough keep away on the island roads. Alaphilippe or Sagan anyone?

    Of course the sprint trains may be able to power over that bump and keep things together.

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    > Oléron is in fact it is the second largest island of France after Corsica.

    strictly speaking it is the 16th biggest French island
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 17,135
    davidof said:



    > Oléron is in fact it is the second largest island of France after Corsica.

    strictly speaking it is the 16th biggest French island

    Maybe that is an auto spell error. "off"?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,871 Lives Here
    The Belgian with the crash algo put this stage as the 2nd most dangerous fyi, after stage 5.
  • Headwind right in the final kms ain't going to help either.
    Best if the boys form echelons then. :p
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    EF and CCC reportedly OK
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 17,135
    Are we doing this purely on the basis of elimination?
    If there's going to be bad news get it over with already!
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,256
    Got a bad feeling for Jumbo... :(
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,519
    pblakeney said:

    Are we doing this purely on the basis of elimination?
    If there's going to be bad news get it over with already!

    Journalists tweeting about it. Hence why I use 'reportedly'. The official communique was supposed to be out at 9am UK time.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 17,135
    RichN95. said:

    pblakeney said:

    Are we doing this purely on the basis of elimination?
    If there's going to be bad news get it over with already!

    Journalists tweeting about it. Hence why I use 'reportedly'. The official communique was supposed to be out at 9am UK time.
    Which is why I expected to know by now.
    Any delay hints at bad news as they'd release good news ASAP.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,519
    edited September 2020
    Bora, Direct Energie and Groupama supposedly OK. There maybe some guesswork by journalists
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    J-V team account has posted a picture of a Tour lion wearing a mask and the message Bonjour. I'm guessing they are ok.
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