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TDF 2021: Stage 7, Vierzon > Le Creusot 249.1 km **Spoilers**

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Stage 7, Vierzon > Le Creusot 249.1 km

2-7-2021
Start 10-00am


The stage that all the riders will be looking forward to. At almost 250 kilometres, the 7th stage is the longest Tour de France stage of the last twenty years. The route traverses the Country, from West to East, initially along flat terrain before crossing the Morvan, which will offer 3,000 metres of elevation to the menu and a spicy finish up the demanding Signal d’Uchon on the course of the Tour for the very first time.



This is the first stage where the breakaway stands a good chance of success, but this also means getting into the break could mean a protracted spell of attack and counter attack. There isn't a significant climb in the first one hundred and fifty kilometres, which makes the task all the more difficult.
The teeth of this stage all come within the final 100 kilometres of the stage. After they reach the Morvan hills, the is hardly any flat. There are lots of non-classified uphill sections that add to the fatigue, while five classified climbs stand out.



The Climbs:

After almost 160 kilometres in the saddle the riders tackle the Côte de Château-Chinon.



The stage finale starts with The Côte de la Croix de la Libération.



At kilometre 222.4, the riders tackle the previously unused climb of Signal d’Uchon, which holds a real sting in it's tail.



The Côte de la Gourloye is the last obstacle of the day, crested with 8 kilometres to go to Le Creusot.



Final kilometres



One thing is for certain, all the pure sprinters won't be around to contest this finish. If the breakaway doesn't succeed, then it should be battle among those other "usual suspects".

Favourites stage 7 Tour de France 2021

***** Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert
**** Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Michael Matthews,
*** Søren Kragh Andersen, Kasper Asgreen, Matej Mohoric, Marc Hirschi, Christophe Laporte,
** Sonny Colbrelli, Magnus Cort, Edvald Boasson Hagen
* Thomas De Gendt, Nans Peters, Simon Clarke


Vierzon

No previous stage
Population: 27,000

Located in the heart of France, at the crossroads of the main national routes between Sologne and Berry, Vierzon is a town with a rich industrial past and was the flagship of the textile, porcelain and agricultural machinery industries in the 19th and 20th centuries.
A sign of the area's renaissance is the Berry Canal, now known as the Canal à Vélo, with a cycle path linking Montluçon to Vierzon, and eventually to Tours and the Loire by bike.



On the road

Km 206
Autun (Pop: 13,150)

In the south of the Morvan Massif on the edge of the Arroux valley, Autun was born during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD): its ancient name was Augustodunum. Autun has hosted two stages of the Tour de France, in 1998 (Magnus Backstedt) and 2007 (Filippo Pozzato)
Saint-Andréou Gate or Porte de Langres (Gate of Langres)
Listed as a historical monument in 1846. Built in the 1st century.




Le Creusot

Stage town for the 3rd time
Population: 21,782

The origins of Le Creusot date back to 1782, when Louis XVI had a Royal Foundry and then the Queen's Crystal Works established in this coal-rich hamlet. This was followed by a forge which was bought in 1836 by the Schneider brothers, Adolphe and Eugène. This event marked a turning point in the history of the town, which saw its production diversify and be exported all over the world, mainly in the fields of transport and energy.



Le Creusot has already been visited twice by the Tour de France for decisive time trials at the very end of the event. In 1998, Jan Ullrich won his third stage of this eventful edition over the 52 km of a time trial that started in Montceau-les-Mines, beating Marco Pantani to 2:35, but this gap still allowed the Italian to keep a 3:21 lead on the German in the general classification before the finish in Paris. In 2006, it was Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar, the time-trial world champion in 2000, who won his second stage of this Tour between Le Creusot and Montceau-les-Mines, ahead of Andreas Klöden and Oscar Pereiro, the future overall winner.
It is also the home town of Tour de France runner up: Jean-Christophe Péraud.

Charolais beef

The Charolais breed is well known to gourmets for its tasty qualities. The quality of the meat from Charolais cows is due both to the richness of the grassland and to the method of rearing. The cattle grow slowly and graze on the grassland until they are two years old. Before slaughter, the animals are "flowered" by fattening for 4 to 6 months.





Beef bourguignon or bœuf bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, and bœuf à la Bourguignonne, is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.









"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318


    Lekker!

    Correlation is not causation.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,191


    Lekker!

    I promised you vaches :wink:
    “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’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,493
    edited 1 July
    I saw the title and thought the ASO had started selling naming rights for stages. But I realised the companies are spelt Verizon and Le Creuset
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    RichN95. said:

    I saw the title and thought the ASO had started selling naming rights for stages. But I realised the companies are spelt Verizon and Le Creuset

    Presumably the latter would be more interested in sponsoring De Panne
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,191

    RichN95. said:

    I saw the title and thought the ASO had started selling naming rights for stages. But I realised the companies are spelt Verizon and Le Creuset

    Presumably the latter would be more interested in sponsoring De Panne
    Or Flanders. Possibly even Paris Rouxbaix
    “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’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,947
    Man, that boeuf bourguignon looks good. Definitely in my top 10 world dishes. Although what fool adds cress? Please don’t tell me that’s authentic.…
    Those cows don’t look particularly chuffed to be on the same page with that and the slab of meat.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,361 Lives Here
    Ocd you need to post more you’re excellent value
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,604

    Ocd you need to post more you’re excellent value

    Less is more, people could learn from that :wink:
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,421

    Man, that boeuf bourguignon looks good. Definitely in my top 10 world dishes. Although what fool adds cress? Please don’t tell me that’s authentic.…
    Those cows don’t look particularly chuffed to be on the same page with that and the slab of meat.

    Actually vinegar or peppery herbs work very well with very fatty or savoury dishes. 😉
    PTP Champion 2019
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,214
    Pross said:

    Ocd you need to post more you’re excellent value

    Less is more, people could learn from that :wink:
    I almost took offence to this, until I saw who you were replying too. B)
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,777
    Gva must be waking up, looking at the profile and wondering wtf he was thinking yesterday.
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 489
    m.r.m. said:

    Man, that boeuf bourguignon looks good. Definitely in my top 10 world dishes. Although what fool adds cress? Please don’t tell me that’s authentic.…
    Those cows don’t look particularly chuffed to be on the same page with that and the slab of meat.

    Actually vinegar or peppery herbs work very well with very fatty or savoury dishes. 😉
    A version of boeuf bourguignon called 'queue de boeuf vigneronne' adds grapes partly for this reason. i.e. to bring some contrasting sharpness.
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 489



    After almost 160 kilometres in the saddle the riders tackle the Côte de Château-Chinon.

    The Côte brings them to the town of Château-Chinon, where I hope they ride past the Niki de Saint Phalle fountain.



  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 489



    Vierzon

    No previous stage
    Population: 27,000

    Located in the heart of France ...

    Vierzon is mentioned in the first line of Jacques Brel's song Vesoul:
    T'as voulu voir Vierzon et on a vu Vierzon

    and again later in the song
    T'as plus aimé Vierzon et on a quitté Vierzon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUvDMc_h7w

  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,542
    edited 2 July
    m.r.m. said:

    Man, that boeuf bourguignon looks good. Definitely in my top 10 world dishes. Although what fool adds cress? Please don’t tell me that’s authentic.…
    Those cows don’t look particularly chuffed to be on the same page with that and the slab of meat.

    Actually vinegar or peppery herbs work very well with very fatty or savoury dishes. 😉
    I'm discovering this with some of my cooking - adding balsamic to Arrabiatta just before serving or rice wine to teriyaki sauce (after marinating). My favourite chili recipe (from Leon) has quite a big amount of malt vinegar.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    No terrain to launch off
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330

    No terrain to launch off

    Can't remember who was being interviewed or which channel, so this insight is almost entirely useless, but it was one of the typical breakaway artists (TDG?) suggesting that it would take a long time to get away today as there was nothing obvious to let a break go - their suggestion was that the most likely event to snap the elastic would be the road passing through a village or town. Guess that means it's a day for sprinting for town signs...
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Head wind
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,214
    They weren’t wrong.
    No one giving a metre as yet
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Strong guys giving it a go
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,777
    Yellow Jersey trying to get in a break with the world champ.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,214

    Yellow Jersey trying to get in a break with the world champ.

    It’s because the Belgian champ is so active…… or desperate, depending on ones PoV
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,777
    And now yellow and green jersey in a break. With nibali and van aert.

    Going to keep the peloton busy closing that down.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    That's a serious bunch of escapees
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Cav made the group lol
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,777
    Kragh, yates, van baarle in there too. Strong group.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Guess we will see if UAE have a team or not
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Fenix jumbo dqs ineos won't chase
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Or bike exchange ..
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    Mark Cavendish: breakaway specialist.

    Think this answers the question over whether he's after the green jersey.
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