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L'Etape du Tour 2017 Recon with the Col Collective and YelloVelo
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LEtape du Tour 2017 Recon with the Col Collective and YelloVelo

Cant wait to see what the 2017 L'Etape du Tour has in store for you next July? 

Check out highlights of the 178km route from Briançon tackling the Col de Vars and mythical Col de la Izoard with the Col Collective and YelloVelo.

The 2017 edition of the Etape du Tour will take place on Sunday July 16 on the route for stage 18 of the Tour de France – concluding with the first-ever summit finish on the Col d’Izoard.

The 2017 Etape Du Tour is going to be one tough cookie, so here's some Recon ...

 
No Official Invite to 2017 Grand Depart for Ullrich
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No Official Invite to 2017 Grand Depart for Ullrich

No official invite has been offered by Tour de France organisers to former champion Jan Ullrich for the 2017 start in Dusseldorf, Germany. Ullrich won the Tour in 1997, so the Dusseldorf 2017 Tour De France Grand Depart would mark 20 years since he became the first German to win the race.

Its also 30 years since Germany hosted a start of the Tour.

Ullrich plans to be there in an unofficial capacity and intends to contribute in his own way.

 
Contador hints at Retiring if he Wins the Tour de France
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Contador hits at Retiring if he Wins the Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador has stated that his main objective for the 2017 season is to win the Tour de France.

He added that if he does so, he may retire from professional cycling.

Contador said in the interview that he has many reasons to continue riding and he thinks the 2017 Tour de France will be an open race.

 
Contador: Team Work is Key to Tour de France Success
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Contador: Team Work is Key to Tour de France Success

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is targeting a third Tour de France victory in 2017 with his new American registered team Trek-Segafredo and believes Team Sky will again provide the biggest challenge.

The 33-year-old, winner of the sports most prestigious race in 2007 and 2009, will ride for Trek-Segafredo from next year after spending five seasons with Tinkoff.

Contador’s comments come as he hit a training camp in Spain’s Canary islands to begin preparation for the 2017 season.

 
Esteban Chaves to ride the Giro again instead of the Tour de France
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Esteban Chaves to ride the Giro again instead of the Tour de France

Esteban Chaves will participate in the Giro d’Italia in 2017.

The Colombian rider will delay his debut in the Tour de France to participate in the Corsa Rosa where he finished in second place in 2016.

Chaves made the announcement in an interview with DeportesRCN.