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TDF 2021: Stage 14, Carcassonne > Quillan 183.7 km **Spoilers**

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
edited 10 July in Pro race

Stage 14, Carcassonne > Quillan 183.7 km

10-7-2021
Start 11-15am


Stage 14 of the Tour heads into the Pyrenees, but avoids all the major climbs, on a hilly, rather than mountainous course. Heading out from Carcassone in a South Westerly direction through the Ariège to the small town of Lavelanet. The race then changes direction towards the East, where the climbing begins. Finally the race turns back upon itself to arrive at the finishing town of Quillan.



The first half of the 184 kilometres long race from Carcassonne to Quillan is predominantly flat. There are however five climbs peppered along the remainder of the route, all either second or third category. The final climb is a reasonable test, but tops out 17kms from the finish, most of it, downhill.



Following an undulating opening of the race – with the Col de Bac standing out: 3.1 kilometres at 5.3% – the real uphill action begins after 85 kilometres.

The Climbs:









Final Kilometres



The most likely scenario will see the sprinter team ;) sits back after the last few days of hostilities while the GC riders opt for a calm day given what’s ahead of them in the coming days. A successful breakaway is on the cards, which could be decided by the final climb of the stage, as it will provide the perfect launch pad for the remnants of the break to attack each other before the final descent to the line.

Favourites stage 14 Tour de France 2021

***** Ion Izagirre, Patrick Konrad
**** Jakob Fuglsang, Matej Mohoric, Bauke Mollema
*** Benoît Cosnefroy, Kasper Asgreen, Michael Woods, Magnus Cort
** Vincenzo Nibali, Michael Matthews, Rui Costa
* Valentin Madouas, Simon Clarke, Marc Hirschi

On the road

ARIÈGE (09)

Population: 152,340

Mérens Horse National Days.
The Mérens horse, originally from the Upper Ariège Valley, presents an astonishing morphological convergence with the Magdalenian horses (13,000 years old) represented in the Niaux cave. The Mérens is a black-coated horse of medium height.



Specialities: Bethmale (cheese), Flocons d'Ariège (confectionery), Azinat (type of garbure), Mounjetado (mountain cassoulet), hypocras (medieval aperitif)



Km 145

Gorges of Saint-Georges
The Aude, from its source at Lake Aude, has eroded the limestone as it passes through the karstic bars of the Pyrenees, such as the Pierre-Lys gorges, but also the Saint-Georges gorges. This fault is 300 m long, 15 m wide at road level, with steep cliffs of over 150 m.




Quillan

No previous stage
Population: 3,300

Quillan revealed itself to the French sporting world in 1929, when its rugby union club became French champions after having already played the final of the event the previous year. US Quillan had been fashioned from scratch by industrial hatter Jean Bourrel, who anticipated the era of professionalism by plundering internationals from other clubs to launch the first truly professional team in French rugby. This contested approach led the International Board to exclude France from international rugby during the 1930s.
If it is mainly rugby that has made Quillan famous sportwise, the Aude town is far from being a stranger to cycling. It hosted the Grand Prix du Midi-Libre six times between 1969 and 1993.

Festival of the flavours of the Aude Pyrenees
The aim of the "Saveurs Pyrénées Audoises" festival is first and foremost to promote and highlight the gastronomic wealth of the Aude Pyrenees region: mainly the upper valley of the Aude, and more widely the Pyrenees. This festival takes place every year at the end of September in Quillan and features more than 30 local producers who display their products for tasting and sale. Local star chefs present recipes cooked with those products.



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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318



    Gorges of Saint-Georges
    The Aude, from its source at Lake Aude, has eroded the limestone as it passes through the karstic bars of the Pyrenees, such as the Pierre-Lys gorges, but also the Saint-Georges gorges. This fault is 300 m long, 15 m wide at road level, with steep cliffs of over 150 m.



    Definitely cycled this when I stayed around here a few years back. Absolutely beautiful.
    Mérens Horse National Days.
    The Mérens horse, originally from the Upper Ariège Valley, presents an astonishing morphological convergence with the Magdalenian horses (13,000 years old) represented in the Niaux cave. The Mérens is a black-coated horse of medium height.



    Mooi!



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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    Looks like a Lloyds Bank advert
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 491

    Stage 14, Carcassonne > Quillan 183.7 km

    The Climbs:





    The two cols C. de Montsegur and C. de la Croix des Morts are the first two cols of the longer 4 routes of L'Ariegeoise cyclosportive – between 110 and 180 km. The longest route finishes up the Plateau de Beille and totals nearly 5000 m of climbing.
    (The 3 shorter routes – between 60 and 75 km – stay closer to the start town, Tarascon-sur-Ariege.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    edited 9 July
    "The cross of death" is a heck of a name for a climb. Absolutely wasted on that profile.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    edited 9 July

    "The cross of death" is a heck of a name for a climb. Absolutely wasted on that profile.

    I do want to know the origin of the name. French Wiki is of no help. Like 'Death Junction' in Cardiff, not named because it is a dodgy junction (it is), but because it is where they used to hang people.
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  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,578

    "The cross of death" is a heck of a name for a climb. Absolutely wasted on that profile.

    Cross of the dead.

    According to legend two criminals were hanged on the mountain pass in the middle ages and their ghosts are said to haunt the col.
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    Hah, translated it that way at first, worried about my schoolboy french and ran it through Google. That'll teach me not to back myself...
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 491



    Gorges of Saint-Georges
    The Aude, from its source at Lake Aude, has eroded the limestone as it passes through the karstic bars of the Pyrenees, such as the Pierre-Lys gorges, but also the Saint-Georges gorges. This fault is 300 m long, 15 m wide at road level, with steep cliffs of over 150 m.



    Definitely cycled this when I stayed around here a few years back. Absolutely beautiful.

    I rode through the gorges too a few years back, both the Gorges du St George and the Defile Pierre-Lys (Pierre-Lys gorge) but I couldn't appreciate them much because about 25 kms before reaching the St George the heavens opened and I was in torrential rain to them, through them, and after them, i.e. also through the Pierre-Lys gorges and the remaining 15 kms to Quillan. It was one of those 'never-been-so-soaked-in-my-life' occasions. The drowned rat caused some astonishment when splashing into a hotel at Quillan.

    It is not quite clear in Blazing's text, whether the photo is of the Gorges du St George or the Defile Pierre-Lys (Pierre-Lys gorge), but I'm pretty certain it is of the Pierre-Lys, because although both are very similar, I don't think there are any limestone arches over the road through the St George.
    It is the Gorges du St George which the Tour will go through, but because of the loop they then do to reach Quillan, they won't go through the Defile Pierre-Lys (which would be the more direct way).
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    What the blazes, Blazing? Are you giving stars out for Lanterne rouge now? Kragh almost won the stage today, after riding off a cliff. Only Declercq managed to take time on him.

    At the faster end of the race, you might want to keep an eye on Magnus Cort and Valgren. They were both in the break when Cort won in Carcassonne in 2918. They'll probably both be freed from looking after Uran to give it a go.
    “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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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,819

    What the blazes, Blazing? Are you giving stars out for Lanterne rouge now? Kragh almost won the stage today, after riding off a cliff. Only Declercq managed to take time on him.

    At the faster end of the race, you might want to keep an eye on Magnus Cort and Valgren. They were both in the break when Cort won in Carcassonne in 2918. They'll probably both be freed from looking after Uran to give it a go.

    That's some career, and prediction. 😉
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622

    What the blazes, Blazing? Are you giving stars out for Lanterne rouge now? Kragh almost won the stage today, after riding off a cliff. Only Declercq managed to take time on him.

    At the faster end of the race, you might want to keep an eye on Magnus Cort and Valgren. They were both in the break when Cort won in Carcassonne in 2918. They'll probably both be freed from looking after Uran to give it a go.

    At which time they were the second and third oldest participants after Valverde in 2021 (although rumours persist that Nairo Quintana used a false date of birth and was older than them all on his debut in 2013).
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216

    What the blazes, Blazing? Are you giving stars out for Lanterne rouge now? Kragh almost won the stage today, after riding off a cliff. Only Declercq managed to take time on him.

    At the faster end of the race, you might want to keep an eye on Magnus Cort and Valgren. They were both in the break when Cort won in Carcassonne in 2918. They'll probably both be freed from looking after Uran to give it a go.

    I was late last night and rushing somewhat. (not to mention the alcohol)
    The favourites for the stage section looked like a butcher's shop, with so many riders having to be culled.
    SKA slipped through unnoticed, like an in form Zubeldia and despite wearing bright pink, Magnus Cort failed to register in my brain.

    Order has now been restored.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,381 Lives Here
    edited 10 July
    Finish town is home of the oldest post tour criterium.

    75 laps of a 1km route.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
    edited 10 July
    Checking out today's weather, which is good over the weekend, I happened to check the rest of the week. Check out the wind:




    How unlucky were we yesterday?
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055
    If it isn't a stage for Pogacar, the favourite has to be van Aert.

    This is another thread starter that has me resentful of working a 9 to 5 in the UK.
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  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 491
    No need to have edited Kragh Andersen out.

    Both he and one* Barguil are DNS.
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,471
    Surely it'll be a breakaway day today with such a big day of climbing tomorrow?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
    edited 10 July
    2kms of the neutral zone and Thomas has a puncture.
    Did someone say the other day that luck has nothing to do with it ?
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    jimmyjams said:

    No need to have edited Kragh Andersen out.

    Both he and one* Barguil are DNS.

    Kragh has a concussion. It does beg the question of why/how he was allowed to ride 60km solo after the crash yesterday. They knew he'd hit his head and was feeling "groggy".
    “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!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192

    2kms of the neutral zone and Thomas has a puncture.
    Did someone say the other day that luck has nothing to do with it ?

    It's good luck to get it out of the way in the neutral zone, no?
    “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!
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    I've been to that castle.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
    Hadn’t realise how bad Boulting and Millar have become at rider recognition.
    Awful
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  • dabberdabber Posts: 1,739
    Hope Tim Declercq can make it through. He looks like he's suffering at the moment. I love seeing big Tim sitting on the front drivng it on.
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    For a moment I thought they'd hilariously shut it all down with one poor sod stuck out front on his own all day. Looks like some friends are going across though.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    No break established yet?
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
    edited 10 July
    Considering riders have either been claiming the can't keep up or that they are shattered, this start is incredible.
    The fact is that they are sustaining such a ridiculously high pace, because so many of them are determined to get in the BOTD.
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    15 secs ...why persist
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,709
    Poor sods in the break. Been out front for 50 kms and never had more than 30 seconds or so.
  • This is a brutal start. 70km done and it's still not settled down.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,216
    Bissegger ouch.
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