The Tour de l’Avenir from Brittany to the Alps
The route of the 55th edition of the Tour de l’Avenir, which will take place from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 26, was presented in Châteauroux, since the department of Indre will host the stages of the mid-term.
Nevertheless, the test reserved for under-23s will, like last year, cross from Brittany to the Alps, with the aim of offering the hopes of world cycling a summary of the difficulties they are likely to encounter later in the race. Tour de France.
The race, which takes on a new dimension with an extra day of racing, will start from Grand-Champ, Vannes-Agglomération, in the Morbihan, and end ten days later in Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, at flank of the Glandon Pass, in Savoie.
After three relatively hilly stages, the plain sequence will be marked by a team time trial in Orleans. As it should, the mountain will strongly influence the event, with a stay of four alpine stages, all in Savoie, and as many arrivals at altitude: Méribel, Crest-Voland, Val d’Isère and the outcome on the slopes of Glandon pass.
The contact with the mountain will be unusual, with an exceptionally short stage (35 km) between Moûtiers and Méribel, inspired by a trend that must be tested this year by the Tour de France.
Among the other major difficulties tackled by the event, the Iseran and the formidable Chaussy Pass will be the final stage before the final climb to Saint-Colomban-des-Villards.