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"It will be a tour where we can expect big changes from day to day and that will be nice to watch. Three days in Bretagne are a chance for us but we must first earn our selection. If we go there, we will have possibilities.&q...

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23.10.2014 @ 13:03 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The route for the 2015 Tour de France in 2015 was presented yesterday in Paris and was full of surprises: no long time trial and a first week with lots of wind and cobbles, a hard block of stages in the Pyrenees and a very nervous final week in the Alps, with Alpe d'Huez on the eve of the Champs Elysees. For Bretagne- Seche Environnement, the icing on the cake is the fact that the race will spend three days in Bretagne in the last weekend before July 14.


The team was well-represented at the presentation and both riders and staff were pleased with a course that should give plenty of room for an aggressive team.


"The Tour stays true to itself," manager Emanuel Hubert said. "It is very difficult. The 2015 course is designed to facilitate attacks. The organizers are trying to prevent the stereotypical side of modern cycling. It will be a tour where we can expect big changes from day to day and that will be nice to watch. Three days in Bretagne are a chance for us but we must first earn our selection. If we go there, we will have possibilities. Especially, I am touched by the fact that Fougeres will host a finish. I spent 30 years of my life in that city. I was born in Saint-Malo but I grew up in Fougeres. This is important for me. It is a sign."


"It is a mountainous tour with very little time trialling and room for the attackers," sports director Roger Trehin said. "On paper, it is not bad for a team like ours because the sprinters should have only a few opportunitites. For them, the yellow jersey will never be an option because the first stage is a 14km time trial and the bonus seconds won't change that."



" It is a very nice Tour," newly signed sports director Sebastien Hinault said, "Three days in Bretagne can only be very beautiful. The peculiarity is the small amount of time trialling so the Tour will of course play out in the first week, with cobblestones and risk of echelons, but mainly in the summit finishes. Whether I would have loved this Tour as a rider? The first week, yes, but not the second part..."


"I like the 2015 course better than the one we had this year," climber Brice Feilly said. "Of course, I need to overcome the challenges of the first days in the Netherlands and with the cobblestones. But there are great opportunities for climbers like me. The three stages in the Pyrenees and the one from Digne take place on roads that I know very well. It is a mountainous Tour without a long time trial, it can only please me. And for our team, the prospect of three stages in Bretagne is exciting."


"We do not yet know the route in detail, but of course, the stage that goes from Rennes to Mur-de-Bretagne is one for me," Arnaud Gerard said. "It won't be far from my home in Dinan. Overall, the Tour seems difficult once we get past the first week, with great mountains that do not leave much space for riders like me but plenty of room for aggressive climbers."


"This course will be very, very demanding," Florian Vachon said. "It is harder than this year's route.If the weather plays a role, especially the wind, the first week is going to be formidable. In the last two weeks, we will very often be riding in the mountains. And we will have short stages which will be very nervous. For attackers like me, there will be opportunities between the Pyrenees and the Alps and in the stage to Mur-de-Bretagne too. But beyond that, there's not much to do."



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