18° Alsace Tour
You only have to look at the prize list for the Tour Alsace (without the “d”) to see that we are dealing with a major race on the French calendar: Thibaut Pinot, Wilco Kelderman, Maximilian Schachmann and Thomas Pidcock are among others… it’s not bad at all. for a race created only in 2004 by the Larger group that works in driving education and has strong support from local businesses.
The region is obviously conducive to tracing selective routes, between the Plaine du Rhin and the Vosges mountains. However, it is the escape to the neighboring land of the Haute-Saônoise that will host what could be the decisive stage: the Alsace tour will not fail to make another pilgrimage to the inevitable Planche des Belles Filles this time in its Super Board version, as in the Tour de France. Alsace does not lack complicated climbs, however, and we will see this during the other important day, the second, where we will climb the Charbonnière pass among others but a little far from the finish in Scherwiller near Selestat.
Among many successful applications, the organizers selected 26 teams (out of a total of 64 candidates!). Even if there is only one Pro team at the start, Kern Pharma, the start list does not lack pace: we will find, in fact, the best development teams led of course by Groupama FDJ, and some of the most famous Conti as Tudor Cycling, Elkov. -Kasper and the Vorarlberg team. On the French side, Go Sport has chosen Brittany, although we haven’t seen much of Nice since the French championships: therefore, U Nantes will stay; St-Michel, the so-called Groupama and four of the main DN1 clubs.
It is above all the three-way match between Romain Grégoire, Lennert van Eetvelt and Léo Hayter that could constitute the red thread of this edition. Watch out for the more experienced pilots like Zoidl or Guérin, or the other Groupama hopefuls ready to jump in if their leader fails.
The last three podiums:
2018: 1. Geoffrey Bouchard – 2. Marc Hirschi – 3. Brandon McNulty
2019: 1. Thomas Pidcock – 2. Michal Schlegel – 3. Jimmy Janssens
2020: race cancelled
2021: 1. José Felix Parra – 2. Sebastien Reichenbach – 3. Leon Heinschke
(a bit of a shame to propose a wrongly oriented map, it is a custom in the Tour Alsace…)
(with the organizer’s comment)
Wednesday July 27, Stage 1: Team Time Trial in Sausheim (4.3 km)
First test of the Tour Alsace 2021, the time trial is contested by half teams (3 runners). The course is in the town of Sausheim in its entirety, no relief should be expected. Ideal for sprinters.
First departure at 6.45 pm – Last arrival around 8.14 pm.
Thursday 28 July, 2nd stage: Europa Park (Rust) – Scherwiller (160.2 km)
Mid-mountain stage, 160.2 km, between the amusement park Rust in Germany (Europa-Park) and Scherwiller (outside Sélestat). Runners must cross the Charbonnière Pass (12.5km at 4%), to the Kreuzweg Pass, followed by a descent of 800m and the final climb of 3.2km at 7.5%, Champ du Feu (10.6 km). at 6.5%), Mont Saint-Odile (5.9 km at 7%). At the end of the descent in St-Nabor, the runners have 27 km of flat course to reach the finish.
Actual departure: 13:30 – Arrival around 17:18 / 17:42 – Estimated D+ at 2,350m – Openrunner: 15204948
Friday 29 July, 3rd stage: Vesoul – La Super Planche des Belles Filles (144.3 km)
Stage of 144.3 km, with a flat first part (55 km), a very mountainous second part (82 km) and a final with the difficult ascent of Montée de La Planche. After Fougerolles, the runners approach the Saônoises Vosges, with the ascent of the Forges, the Mille Etangs and the Chevestraye. The last kilometers are very difficult, with the climb to the “La Planche des Belles Filles” station (5.8km at 8.5%, including 300m at 16% before the old finish), and 1km of the Super Planche (partially paved road, 12% on average and 24% in its last 300 meters) where the finish is assessed.
Actual departure: 13:30 – Arrival around 17:06 / 17:30 – Estimated D+ at 2800m – Openrunner: 15207735
Saturday 30 July, 4th stage: Kembs – Altkirch (170.9 km)
170.9 km stage that takes place in Sundgau. The route is flat for the first 50 kilometers, then hilly for the rest of the route, crossing several hills such as Grentzingen, Ferrette (900m at 6.5%) and Blochmont, which has the best climber. The finish is judged in Altkirch, on a false plan going up to the Halle aux Blé (400m at 4%).
Actual departure: 13:15 – Arrival around 17:13 / 17:37 – Estimated D+ at 2,150m – Openrunner: 15207767
Sunday 31 July, 5th stage: Mulhouse – Berrwiller (158.7 km)
Stage of 158.7 km. Departure from the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. Route traced in the agglomeration of Mulhousienne by roads where there are some urban developments. It is without difficulty, apart from three small climbs at the exit in Zimmersheim, Bruebach and Morschwiller. The finish line of 700 m is uphill on a false plane (3%).
Actual departure: 13:15 – Arrival around 16:42 / 17:01 – Estimated D+ at 900m – Openrunner: 15207796
THE STRENGTHS IN PRESENCE
THE 26 TEAMS AND THEIR MAIN TICKETS
(provisional list from 07/26)
– Kern Pharma Team (Agirre, Carlos García Pierna, Moreno)
– Groupama-FDJ continental team (Watson, Pithie, Grégoire)
– Hagens Berman Axeon (Leo Hayter, Casper Andersen, De Pooter)
– Uno-X Dare development team (Fredheim, Loland, Sander Hansen)
– Trinity Racing (Porter, Gloag, Hajek)
– Jumbo-Visma Development Team (Geleijn, van Bekkum, Colby Simmons)
– BridgeLane team (Dinham, Whelan, Morey)
– DSM development team (van Uden, Wilksch, Leinjse)
– Tudor Pro Cycling Team (Froidevaux, Voisard, Flynn)
– St-Michel Auber 93 (Maurelet, van Niekerk, Delbove)
– Leopard Pro Cycling (Kluckers, Wenzel, Pries)
– Team Vorarlberg (Guérin, Thalmann, Zoidl)
– Elkov – Kasper (Adam Ťoupalík, Otruba, Neuman)
– Tirol KTM Cycling Team (Engelhardt, Vacek, Lipowitz)
– Astana Qazaqstan Development Team (Brussenskiy, Kaļveršs, Slamzhanov)
– Team U Nantes Atlantique (Barré, Mariault, Richard)
– Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project (Miles, Juneau, Rivard)
– EF Education-NIPPO development team (Fabio Christen, Todome, Oda)
UCI cyclo-cross team
– Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal (Sweeck, Kamp, Iserbyt)
– Cross Team Legendre (Crispin, Rüegg, Orosz)
– Germany U-23 (Keup, Benz, Geßner)
– Lotto – Soudal U23 (van Eetvelt, Segaert, Pollefliet)
DN1 Clubs France
– Vendée U (Jeannière, Bonnet, Marais)
– CC Étupes (Corkery, Leclainche, Huyet)
– Philippe Wagner Cycling (quarterback, Braz Afonso, Guinet)
– AVC Aix-en-Provence (Saint-Guilhem, Knight, Savage)
FOLLOW THE RACE
The race will be broadcast live on the Tour site by Aveo; schedules and link to come