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Re: Le Tour 2017 Big Preview
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:18 »
Stages 2nd week
Stage: 10 - 11 July : Périgueux - Bergerac 178.00 km #flat
Stage: 11 - 12 July : Eymet - Pau 202.00 km #flat
Stage: 12 - 13 July : Pau - Peyragudes 214.00 km #mountain
Stage: 13 - 14 July : Saint-Girons - Foix 100.00 km #mountain
Stage: 14 - 15 July : Blagnac - Rodez 181.00 km #med
Stage: 15 - 16 July : Laissac-Sévérac l'Église - Le Puy-en-Velay 189.00 km #med

Stage: 10 - 11 July : Périgueux - Bergerac, 178.00 km, #flat

After a rest day in Dordogne, the debates resume in a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. But the challenge of winning a stage will stop the possible inclination to take it easy, notably when the pack moves closer to the Lascaux Grotto which will have its entire replica drawings available to see as of next December. Whether they're enthusiasts of cave arts or not, the riders will be mainly focused on the sprint to take on, (or avoid, depending on the actors) in Bergerac






Km 100.5 - Côte de Domme3.5 kilometre-long climb at 3.3% - category 4
Km 138.5 - Côte du Buisson-de-Cadouin2.1 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 4



Stage: 11 - 12 July : Eymet - Pau, 202.00 km, #flat

The Tour gets closer to its Pyrenean base but mountain specialists will still be preserving their energy. Going through the areas of Les Landes and Gers, the command of the pack will probably be left to the teams of sprinters. The escapees having made the effort to take off will, why not, have the opportunity to make a prayer at the Notre-Dame-des-Cyclistes Chapel, situated in Labastide-d'Armagnac.





Km 145.5 - Côte d'Aire-sur-l'Adour1.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 4



Stage: 12 - 13 July : Pau - Peyragudes, 214.00 km, #mountain

The longest stage of the Pyrenean stay will be made of an extremely difficult sequence of climbs. As kilometres are covered, it'll only get harder with the climb up to the Col de Menté, even more selective with the Port de Balès and will become a real agony for the legs in the new final climb to Peyragudes. In the final kilometre, on the runway of the only airport of the Pyrenees, will be a passage at 16% over a distance of 200 metres.





Km 64.0 - Côte de Capvern7.7 kilometre-long climb at 3.1% - category 4
Km 111.5 - Col des Ares (797 m)7.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.6% - category 2
Km 139.5 - Col de Menté (1 349 m)6.9 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% - category 1
Km 184.0 - Port de Balès (1 755 m)11.7 kilometre-long climb at 7.7% - category H
Km 209.5 - Col de Peyresourde (1 569 m)9.7 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% - category 1
Km 214.5 - PEYRAGUDES (1 580 m)2.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.4% - category 2



Stage: 13 - 14 July : Saint-Girons - Foix, 100.00 km, #mountain

Precisely 100. In terms of kilometres, never has such a short format been on the menu of the Tour since halfstages disappeared. It'll be a total contrast compared to what the riders witnessed on the previous day but the terrain will be just as favourable for, I hope, audacious initiatives. Dynamism linked to distance will be joined by a degree of difficulty in the climbs: the Col de Latrape followed by the Col d'Agnes and finally the Mur de Péguère and its gradients that can reach 18%.





Km 31.0 - Col de Latrape (1 110 m)5.6 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category 1
Km 46.5 - Col d'Agnes (1 570 m)10 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% - category 1
Km 74.0 - Mur de Péguère (1 375 m)9.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.9% - category 1







Stage: 14 - 15 July : Blagnac - Rodez, 181.00 km, #med

The countryside of the south-west, whether it's in Tarn or Aveyron offers outstanding viewpoints. Sweet to the eyes are the aerial shots of the countless little valleys that are however tough on the legs of the riders on solid ground. The stage will be demanding. In these conditions, the Côte Saint-Pierre will offer a splendid launch pad to a puncher





Km 131.0 - Côte du viaduc du Viaur2.3 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 3
Km 145.0 - Côte de Centrès2.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.7% - category 3



Stage: 15 - 16 July : Laissac-Sévérac l'Église - Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.00 km, #med

Hard to tell in what state or shape the peloton will be at the end of this stage. It won't be mountains but the journey through the Aubrac Plateau will be covered at an altitude of over 1000 metres during around fifty kilometres. Further away, the climb up to the Col de Peyra Taillade has gradients of 14% at some places. And that could certainly offer surprises when comes the time for a verdict in Le Puy-en-Velay.





Km 28.5 - Montée de Naves d'Aubrac (1 058 m)8.9 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% - category 1
Km 43.5 - Côte de Vieurals3.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 3
Km 158.0 - Col de Peyra Taillade (1 190 m)8.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.4% - category 1
Km 176.5 - Côte de Saint-Vidal1.9 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 4





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