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Mont Faron Preview and Giveaway Competition

Mont Faron overlooking the city

Saturday’s Stage 4 of the Tour Méditerranéen features the classic summit finish on Mont Faron. A short and steep climb above the naval city of Toulon, this is a tough and selective point in the race that reveals the early season form.

It’s the first summit finish of the year in Europe and to celebrate this moment in the season here’s a look at the climb plus a chance to try your forecasting skills to win some goodies.

Mont Faron
This is a cliff-like mountain above the port city of Toulon, base of the French navy. There is a narrow road – so narrow it’s one way – that leads to the top, some 584 metres above sea level. From the junction on the edge of town it’s a shade under 5km, with ramps of 12% and an average gradient that’s just under 10%. Many visitors go up via cable car.

Mont Faron

The race has used the road in reverse before but tomorrow takes the normal route via the western Fort Rouge side. The road surface is granular at best, with a patchwork of repairs and some switchbacks on the way up as you pass the typical landscape of small oak trees and arid terrain and slowly gaining a great view of the bay below. The vista comes with a price as the better the view, the more road gets more exposed to the wind. This can make the race tactical. Get a gap and rivals behind can look at each other, waiting for someone else to do the work but the climb is so short that there’s little room to hesitate.

It’s been a fixture in the sport for years with Tom Simpson, Eddy Merckx, Federico Bahamontes and Raymond Poulidor all winning on the top. In recent year’s it’s seen riders like Ivan Basso and Alexandr Vinokourov appear as stage racers. The 1968 Paris-Nice tried an innovation with the Meilleur Descendeur prize for the fastest rider down… sponsored by a ski manufacturer. Thankfully for rider safety this downhill innovation didn’t survive.

Prendas postcards

Postcards
Postcards still exist in pro cycling. Teams used to take promo photos of riders but the idea was bigger in the past, presumably before the internet these were a handy way to collect images of riders. The cards come from British outlet Prendas and the pack contains 10 cards with photos from the past… as well as a bonus card from Le Rouleur Lent that I’ll add as a joker to set.

Who Will Win?
That’s for you to guess. David Moncoutié was a four-time winner on here but he’s retired to the amateur ranks now. Last year saw Jonathan Tiernan-Locke aiming to win before snow prevented the climb from being used.

This year you’ll find a list of riders on cyclingnews and I’ll be watching Thibaut Pinot, Alex Geniez, Thomas Lövkvist, Dan Martin, Andrew Talansky amongst others but take your pick with the Colombians or veteran Italians like Frano Pellizotti or Davide Rebellin.

The Rules
Pick the stage winner of the Tour Med Stage Stage 4. Please leave a comment below with your choice, emails or tweets don’t count. You’ll need to do this before the race hits the start of the Mont Faron, someone who makes their pick with one kilometre to go won’t win. In the event of a draw I’ll pick a winner at random and if nobody is right, the closest pick wins.

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  • Gus Friday, 8 February 2013, 2:49 pm

    Pinot

  • Dachs Friday, 8 February 2013, 2:51 pm

    Pierre Rolland

  • Capo Mele Friday, 8 February 2013, 3:20 pm

    Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio

  • T-Ha Friday, 8 February 2013, 3:50 pm

    Steve Morabito

  • Matt Friday, 8 February 2013, 3:55 pm

    Nico Roche put in an impressive TT the other day. Much better than he usually puts in.* Sure, the TT ended with a sharp climb, but it was a power TT up until then. Also, Dan Martin was right up there so must have good form.

    * Putting aside the jump in form correlating to joining Riis and Contador… 😉

  • Jack Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:01 pm

    Roman Kreuziger

  • Tom Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:02 pm

    Nicolas Roche

  • haps Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:06 pm

    thomas voeckler

    • LM Saturday, 9 February 2013, 5:19 am

      I can’t believe you’re the only person predicting Voeckler. I checked in early, with only 10 votes, and didn’t want to elbow in on your post cards, so they’re yours when he wins.

      I know it’s early in the season for him, his TT result is back there with Griepel which is not reassuring, but I believe Voeckler is going to get to the top first.

  • H M Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:22 pm

    Thomas Lövkvist

  • David Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:25 pm

    Andrew Talansky

  • C Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:26 pm

    Roy

  • sinai Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:38 pm

    Talansky

  • Chris Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:39 pm

    Would have gone with Darwin Atapuma, but noticed he’s not there. Sooooo, my pick is Esteban Chaves

  • Soab Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:40 pm

    I’ll go with Dan Martin.

  • MANUEL PEREZ DIAZ Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:50 pm

    Bauke Mollema

  • Matt Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:02 pm

    Rafael Valls Ferri…may as well go for a little bit of a dark horse

  • sa Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:05 pm

    Sutherland

  • bill Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:11 pm

    Quintero

  • Bazil Brush Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:11 pm

    Lars Boom (although would really have gone for Rolland or possibly Pinot)

    shame JTL isn’t riding, no chance of a retrospective prize for last year’s pick??

  • Tom Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:16 pm

    Jon Izaguirre Insausti. Lets see if Euskaltel came to work or are just on a French holiday.

  • Espresso Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:28 pm

    Talansky

    BTW Great story about Moncoutie up there

  • Phil Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:34 pm

    Rein Taaramäe

  • Kristian Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:34 pm

    Roman kreuziger

  • Vlaanderen90 Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:38 pm

    Thomas Löfkvist

  • Ben Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:40 pm

    Andrew Talansky

  • Tom Knoblauch Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:43 pm

    Freddy Maertens

  • LWB Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:46 pm

    Laurens Ten Dam

  • Anonymous Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:48 pm

    Roland

  • Brian Mc Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:49 pm

    I’d like to say Dan Martin, but I don’t think the climb is steep enough for him. So I’ll go by default to the other Irishman. Come on Nico Roche!

  • Fondo Rider Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:50 pm

    Lovkvist

  • Cimdraft Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:51 pm

    Rory Sutherland

  • Derek Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:57 pm

    Pellizotti

  • Al Friday, 8 February 2013, 5:59 pm

    Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo

  • ronan Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:05 pm

    Dan Martin.

  • Travis Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:06 pm

    Christophe Le Mevel

  • @CitrusCityCycle Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:08 pm

    Dan Martin, but no coverage here so not sure if too late…

  • J E Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:12 pm

    Lövkvist

  • Sheezer Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:16 pm

    Pierrick Fedrigo

  • Nick Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:17 pm

    Nico Roche – He won’t have that many chances to shine this season and he’s looking sharp

  • Taylor Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:25 pm

    Jean-Christophe Peraud

  • TheBigBean Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:37 pm

    Jérémy Roy

  • DJMOHAN Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:43 pm

    Nico Roche . Looking in good form. Otherwise Dan Martin.

  • S McKinley Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:45 pm

    Laurens Ten Dam FTW.

  • Bruce Hildenbrand Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:46 pm

    Here’s a question for you inrng. Who is the first American to win on Mont Faron?

  • Mark Ince Friday, 8 February 2013, 6:55 pm

    Dan Martin

  • Ankush Friday, 8 February 2013, 7:20 pm

    I’m tempted to say Esteban Chaves from a breakaway but I think it will be Dan Martin who will go for the GC. I also like the odds of Rafael Valls but I will stick with the Irish.

    Final choice – Daniel Martin

  • Jake Schoellkopf Friday, 8 February 2013, 7:22 pm

    Talansky

  • Cube Farmer Friday, 8 February 2013, 7:49 pm

    Oliver Zaugg

  • Emil Friday, 8 February 2013, 7:53 pm

    Andrew Talansky

  • Scott Friday, 8 February 2013, 8:04 pm

    Pierrick Fedrigo!

    Dude had Lymes disease and bounced back – I had the damn thing for 4 months or so too. Glad to see he’s back ok.

  • maximflyer Friday, 8 February 2013, 8:17 pm

    Davide Rebellin

  • Vitus Friday, 8 February 2013, 8:22 pm

    TEN DAM Laurens

  • Ben Friday, 8 February 2013, 8:28 pm

    Jarlinson Pantano

  • skiddleydiddley Friday, 8 February 2013, 8:28 pm

    Andy Schleck……….oh damn he didn’t make it this far!

    Maxime Montfort then…..

  • cyclingmd Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:00 pm

    Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff :-)))

  • Justin Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:21 pm

    Carlos Quintero

  • Eduards Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:22 pm

    Roman Kreuziger

  • Sam99 Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:32 pm

    Thor Husvold

    • Sam99 Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:32 pm

      *Hushovd

  • STB Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:32 pm

    Anthony Roux

  • Paddy Sweeney Friday, 8 February 2013, 9:40 pm

    Dan Martin

  • Simon Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:07 pm

    Dan Martin

  • David Leibowitz Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:08 pm

    Davide Rebellin

  • Anonymous Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:18 pm

    Nieve

  • Chrisman Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:19 pm

    Nieve

  • Gerald Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:23 pm

    Maxime Montfort

  • Matthew Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:31 pm

    Robert Kiserlovski

  • Chuck Mortinsky Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:39 pm

    Jon Izaguirre Insausti

  • Timo Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:43 pm

    Laurens te Dam, no beard no glory!

  • Patrick Friday, 8 February 2013, 10:59 pm

    Laurens Ten DAMM!

  • InTheGC Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:00 pm

    I’ll go with Chaves.

  • Little Tom Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:04 pm

    Andrew Talansky

  • Paul Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:05 pm

    Fabio Felline

  • Anonymous Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:15 pm

    The Priest

  • mark ifi Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:16 pm

    Franco Pellizotti

  • Slyder Rider Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:23 pm

    Thomas Dekker – what the heck

  • JAS Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:33 pm

    Lars Boom (goes the dynamite).

  • muz Friday, 8 February 2013, 11:50 pm

    Jarlinson Pantano

  • Ablindeye Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:01 am

    Maxime Monfort to actually win something…go on, why not.

  • ave Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:13 am

    ten Dam

  • Matt Charlton Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:26 am

    Thibaut Pinot

  • Johnny Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:29 am

    Jean-Christophe Peraud

  • bryan Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:30 am

    The pitbull, Andrew Talansky

  • Håvard Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:43 am

    Pierre Rolland

  • Dylan Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:56 am

    Gustav Larsson!

  • Graham Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:59 am

    Dan Martin

  • Walen Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:00 am

    Przemysław Niemiec

    • Walen Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:04 am

      Jean-Christophe Peraud – it should be.

  • tyler Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:22 am

    Ten Dam!

  • Anonymous Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:05 am

    Bauke Mollema

  • Min Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:06 am

    Oops, that was me voting for Bauke Mollema. no point in winning a contest anonymously.

  • Martin Jones Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:08 am

    PELLIZOTTI Franco

  • divporter Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:17 am

    Peraud

  • jima Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:57 am

    andrew talansky strong team support

  • T-bone Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:06 am

    Dan Martin

  • Mike Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:09 am

    Maxime Monfort

  • Adam Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:13 am

    Brice Feillu

  • charlie Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:26 am

    Rafael Valls

  • ansel rogers Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:41 am

    Lance Armstrong

  • Micky D Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:55 am

    Put me down for Jérémy Roy.

  • Gregg Valeriano Saturday, 9 February 2013, 5:28 am

    I pick Andrew Talansky. He’s the man.

  • Crankyheart Saturday, 9 February 2013, 6:49 am

    I’m late to this party, so while I’m rooting for Kreuziger, he’s been named already. Instead I’ll pick Ruben Perez Moreno.

  • Nick Saturday, 9 February 2013, 7:39 am

    Fabio Duarte

  • Sasha Saturday, 9 February 2013, 7:48 am

    Dan Martin may finally step up!

  • AndersB Saturday, 9 February 2013, 8:34 am

    Romain Feillu

  • Ollie Butterwick Saturday, 9 February 2013, 9:17 am

    Monfort, for GC ranking.

  • jeffdreadnought Saturday, 9 February 2013, 10:06 am

    Ten Dam

  • Syerforest Saturday, 9 February 2013, 10:31 am

    Davide Rebellin

  • Wellsy Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:06 am

    Rory Sutherland

  • The Inner Ring Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:12 am

    A warning note if you’ve picked any Garmin-Sharp riders (Talansky, Martin, Dekker) as all their bikes were stolen overnight and they won’t race today.

    Feel free to make another pick.

  • Anonymous Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:14 am

    Can anyone who picked a Garmin rider have a second pick now?

    • Anonymous Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:15 am

      Sorry just seen your post above. Ignore/delete my question.

    • The Inner Ring Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:18 am

      Yes and no worries for asking the question, “the rules” are informal here and it’s bad enough someone’s stolen the bikes, don’t want to let this spoil the competition here too.

  • Angus Macdonald Saturday, 9 February 2013, 11:35 am

    Fabio Duarte

  • Ankush Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:09 pm

    I’m going for Thibaut Pinot now.

  • TomC Saturday, 9 February 2013, 12:21 pm

    Jeremy Roy

  • Little Tom Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:05 pm

    Thibaut Pinot now Garmin have gone

  • Damo Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:14 pm

    Jarlinson Pantano

  • sima242 Saturday, 9 February 2013, 1:43 pm

    Roman Kreuziger 😉

  • Tj Key Saturday, 9 February 2013, 2:12 pm

    Pinot

  • irk69 Saturday, 9 February 2013, 2:48 pm

    Fabio Duarte

  • The Inner Ring Saturday, 9 February 2013, 3:51 pm

    Too late for new picks, they’ve started the Mont Faron climb

  • The Inner Ring Saturday, 9 February 2013, 4:13 pm

    Walen, divporter, taylor and Johnny win. Great choice… Péraud almost won a couple of years ago but was overhauled by Moncoutié for the win.

    I have four packs of cards… so you each win one.

    Email me with the address: https://inrng.com/contact/