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Lotto Belisol: Preview Tour de France: The route, part 3
lotto650big After a rest day in the Vaucluse the final part of the 100th Tour de France begins on Tuesday 16th of July. And the last stages will give spectacle, first of all because the Tour is going to the Alps. The 16th stage goes from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, in 168 kilometers. The route is not flat that day. There are three climbs of second category. But also between the first two climbs and the final one the road goes uphill. The top of the Col de Manse (9,5 km and 5,2% average) is 11,5 kilometers from the finish.

On Wednesday the second individual time trial is programmed. With a distance of 32 kilometers it isn’t long for the Tour, but there are two climbs of second category on the course, which makes it a tough time trial. Immediately after the riders have left the start podium, the Côte de Puy-Sanières begins (6,4 km and 6% average). Then it goes up again on the Côte de Réallon (6,9 km and 6,3% average). The top of this climb is 20 km after the start, then it goes up a bit and then there’s a descent to the finish.

The day after it’s a stage which not all riders will look forward to, but the cycling fans will. In the 18th stage the peloton has to climb Alpe d’Huez twice. In the run-up to the first passage there are three hills of second or third category to start with. The first climb to Alpe d’Huez is 12,3 km long and has an average gradient of 8,4%. There’s no descent immediately after, but a few kilometers after the top the Col de Sarenne (2nd cat.) lies on the route. After almost thirty kilometers of descent, the final climb to Alpe d’Huez waits on the riders, this one is 13,8 km long and the gradient is 8,1% average. Here the favourites will definitely show themselves.

Friday the Tour goes from Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand. With the Glandon and the Madeleine there are two cols hors catégorie on the first half of the course. The Col de la Croix Fry is the final climb and the top lies 13 kilometers before the finish line in Le Grand Bornand where it goes uphill just before the end. On Saturday the GC riders will be able to spread their wings one last time. The stage starts and finishes in Annecy. There are six climbs, among it the Semnoz. This is the last climb of the day, hors catégorie of 10,7 km and an average gradient of 8,5%.

Sunday 21st of July the end of this jubilee edition is coming closer with a final stage of 133,5 kilometers. And the organization has made something special of it. The official start will only be given at a quarter past six in the evening in Versailles. The finish, probably around a quarter to ten, is of course in Paris on the Champs Élysées. There we will probably have a bunch sprint. In 1989 Versailles – Paris was the last stage as well, then it was a time trial of 24,5 kilometers in which Greg Lemond took over the victory from Laurent Fignon with the smallest difference ever: eight seconds. Considering the late hour of the stage this year it will definitely be unforgettable as well.

Week 3

2nd Rest day: Monday 15th of July: Vaucluse

Stage 16: Tuesday 16th of July: Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap (168 km)

Stage 17: Wednesday 17th of July: Embrun – Chorges (32 km) (ITT)

Stage 18: Thursday 18th of July: Gap – Alpe d’Huez (172,5 km)

Stage 19: Friday 19th of July: Bourg-d’Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand (204,5 km)

Stage 20: Saturday 20th of July: Annecy – Annecy Semnoz (125 km)

Stage 21: Sunday 21st of July: Versailles – Paris Champs-Élysées (133,5 km)


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