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TDF 2020 - Stage 12: Chauvigny - Sarran Corrèze 218 km
« on: September 09, 2020, 15:08 »
Stage 12: Chauvigny - Sarran Corrèze 218 km

The Tour de France ventures deep into the heart of France.
The longest stage of the 2020 Tour will first take the riders on the roads of the Vienne and Haute-Vienne areas. But it’ll be in Corrèze that the most ambitious could give it a go on the final difficulty, the Suc au May that shows up on the course when the legs will be heavy.
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Chauvigny is as French as it gets. Beautifully situated on a river – the Vienne – with a castle and ancient church towering high above the houses. The peloton leaves this highly picturesque scene behind to head southeast.





Rolling hills make way for the more demanding climbs of the Massif Central, a highland region in the heart of Southern France.





The toughest uphill en route is the Suc au May. The first three riders atop this 3.8 kilometres climb at 7.7% gain time bonuses of 8, 5 and 2 seconds.



The Suc au May is expected to play a crucial role. It precedes a 6 kilometres descent into Chaumeil before the last 13 kilometres to the line are played out on narrow and undulating roads. Not a sprint or GC day, but on paper a prime day to get into the break, as it should stick.





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    And Hirsch. Or Balaphilippe? He is more or less from that part of France, so should know some of the roads, I guess. De Gendt said that he can't escape on the flat anymore, because there are always 50 guys glued to his butt immediately

    Looks like one for the breakaway at least, unless #ef decides that the Higuita Monster needs a stage win.



    The final climb is almost 10% average though (discounting the final kilometer). So maybe there will be some GC action even
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    How the stage played out:no words but in photos.















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