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TDF2016 - The route

Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres.

9 flat stages
1 hilly stage
9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervaix Mont Blanc)
2 individual time trial stages
2 rest days

Distinctive aspects of the race:

BORDERS
The 103rd Tour de France will visit three neighboring countries: Spain, the Principality of Andorra and Switzerland.

TIME-TRIALS
Individual time-trials return in style to the 2016 Tour de France with a total of 54 kilometres divided into two sequences: 37 between Bourg-Saint-Andéol (stage 13) and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc and 17 between Sallanches and Megève (stage 18).

BONUSES
Back in 2015 after a seven-year absence, time bonuses will again be given at the fi nishes of normal stages. The bonuses will be of 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three of each stage.

POINTS
The green jersey will be rewarded to the leader of the points classifi cation. Points will be given at the fi nishes of each stage as well as at an intermediate sprint on every normal stage.
The polka dot jersey will be worn by the leader of best climbers classifi cation. Points will be given out at the top of mountains and hills and at the 4 mountain-top fi nishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc).

16 unseen sites and stage cities
Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (finish of stage 1)
Saint-Lô (start of stage 2)
Arpajon-sur-Cère (start of stage)
L’Isle-Jourdain (start of stage 7)
Lac de Payolle (finish of stage 7)
Vielha Val d’Aran (start of stage 9)
Escaldes-Engordany (start of stage 10)
Bourg-Saint-Andéol (start of stage 13)
La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (finish of stage 13)
Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux (finish of stage 14)
Culoz (finish of stage 15)
Moirans-en-Montagne (start of stage 16)
Berne (finish of stage 16 and start of stage 17)
Finhaut-Emosson (finish of stage 17)
Megève (finish of stage 18 and start of stage 20)
Chantilly (start of stage 21)

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anonymous asked:

theres a girl who self pierced her cheeks and used bioflex and acrylic externally threaded bars and they are fine after over a year lol. i plan on piercing my cheeks but with out the acryllic. i dont see whats so bad if you know what you are doing? even that girl who didnt know still got lucky and their fine.

Hi there! So, there is a HUGE difference between knowing what you’re doing, and getting lucky. We see numbers of piercings that by all logical conclusions should not have worked out, healed as well, or lasted as long as they have. The human body is a very remarkable thing. But you need to remember that for every one of those situations, there are dozens who didn’t luck out. And sometimes not lucking out means you retire your problematic, ill-performed piercings and chalk it up to a learning experience. But sometimes not lucking out means a trip to the hospital with a Staph or MRSA infection, immense amounts of pain, and an incredibly hefty hospital bill. 

You mention knowing what you’re doing. How many average folks interested in self-piercing can you name that are knowledgeable about orofacial anatomy, assessing appropriate jewelry sizing for initial piercings, and are well-versed in aseptic technique and the reduction of cross contamination? Not to mention having access to properly processed and sterilized needles, tools, and jewelry? All of these factors, and more, are involved in knowing what you’re doing. The act of pushing needle through tissue is indeed the easy part of the job, it’s the making sure that every other facet of what you’re doing is done as well as is humanly possible that are the parts where skill, training, and critical thinking come in. And those cannot be taught by watching a few YouTube videos.

You also mention that girl’s piercings are “fine.” How do you know? And what criteria are involved in “fine”? Are the angles correct and matched? Are the piercings even and properly placed to not only fit her features aesthetically, but to reduce risks to her gums, teeth, and salivary glands? And though she may have pierced herself onto jewelry that has healed “fine” I can guarantee you, site unseen, that the plastic jewelry she’s wearing doesn’t even come close to looking as fantastic as a set of custom-fit, implant grade, internally threaded barbells from Anatometal, Industrial Strength, or BVLA. And when it comes to piercings, especially facial piercings, why would anyone ever want to settle for “fine” when they could have “impeccable”? People think that by visiting low-end studios, or doing the piercings themselves they’ll be saving a grip of money, but when the resulting piercings are poorly done, ill-placed, lopsided and just plain awful looking, what exactly do you think you’re saving?

TL: DR, the moral of the story is that while some people get lucky, self-piercing, especially cheek piercings, comes with some very real and major risks. None of these risks are worth trying to save a little bit of money, go to a reputable professional.