VN Show: TDF heads back to thumbtack mountain

On this week's VeloNews Show, we analyze the 2017 Tour de France route, which visits the site of one of the wackiest moments in recent cycling history. Also, does the La Course route go far enough? We don't think so.

The Tour de France gave us a peek at the 2017 route this week, releasing the profiles for eight stages and information about the other 13. The route includes the site of one of the wackiest moments in modern Tour de France memory, when someone poured thumbtacks on the road during the 2012 event. Luckily, nobody was hurt during that disaster, which provided us with some ridiculous memories.

There are just 36 total kilometers of time trials during next year’s Tour, and a whopping nine sprint stages. How do we think this will impact the race? Will the punchy climbs disrupt Sky’s plans for its fifth year of total Tour de France domination?

Also, Tour organizer ASO is moving the La Course race from the Champs Elysees to the mountains. Is this a step up, or a missed opportunity? All that and more on this week’s VeloNews Show.