Tour de France Stage 11 – Stage 15 Overview 

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A transitional day before the Pyrenees.  

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STAGE 11 🚲

07/17  

67 KM  

Route: ALBI > TOULOUSE

Teams will once again position their sprinters for a win before the race heads into the mountains. 

The day begins in Foix and winds its way southwest, covering two categorized climbs before the Intermediate Sprint in Gaillac. The second half of the stage is flat to rolling, but the breakaway should get caught in time for teams like Deceuninck–Quick Step, Lotto–Soudal, and Jumbo–Visma to set up their sprinters (Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan, and Dylan Groenewegen) to battle for the win.

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STAGE 12 🚲

07/18  

209.5 KM

Route: TOULOUSE > BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE

Stage 12 will be the first high altitude stage of this year’s Tour de France. Following the start in Toulouse the riders head into the Pyrenees for a race with a downhill finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

Following the start in Toulouse the route travels on flat to rolling roads for more than 120 kilometres before the first mountain appears. The Col de Peyresourde (13.2 kilometres at 7%) is crested at kilometre 138 and the riders plunge down to the valley. Up next is La Hourquette d’Ancizan, which is a 9.9 kilometres climb at 7.5%. The first three riders at its crest earn bonus seconds (8, 5 and 2) before the race ends with the same 30 kilometres downhill as five years ago.

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STAGE 13 🚲

07/19 

27.2 KM 

Route: PAU > PAU

The last two arrivals here both boiled down to a bunch sprint with Arnaud Démare (2018) and Marcel Kittel (2017) storming to victory. However, this time round there will be no bunch sprint. 

This year, Tour de France serves its only ITT on a course of 27.2 km that’s characterised by a number of gently rolling uphills. 

The 1.1 km ramp slopes at almost 8%. The Esquillot may be the biggest hurdle, the finale holds a steep surprise up its sleeves. In the last few hundred metres the riders hit a 17% ramp. Short but hard, especially since the kick up begins right after a tight turn onto the Rue Mulot and the speed will be relatively low.

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STAGE 14 🚲

07/20  

117.5 KM

Route: TARBES > TOURMALET BARÈGES

Stage 14 will be the first high altitude finish as riders set off in Tarbes for a day in the Pyrenees, and finishes with a haul up the famous Col du Tourmalet. This climb amounts to 19 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.4%, while its last kilometre slopes at 10.5%. This section also features the steepest ramp of 13.5%.

The Soulor is crested just after the halfway point. The route descends to Argelès-Gazost and then runs false flat to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, where the final haul up the Tourmalet kicks in.

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STAGE 15 🚲

07/21 

185 KM 

Route: LIMOUX > FOIX PRAT D’ALBIS

Stage 15 is the second race in the Pyrenees, and it begins in Limoux and features a number of intermediate climbs before a summit finish at the unprecedented Prat d’Albis. In all, the race includes a total of 4,700 vertical metres.

The first ascent is the Montségur pass. Another 40km pass before the climbing begins in earnest with the first of three consecutive first-category tests.

These commence with the Port de Lers, at 1,517 metres the high point on this stage.

After the fast descent into Massat, the riders will start to climb again on the first half of the Col de Port, which they follow for six incessantly weaving kilometres until they fork left and rudely upwards onto the Mur de Péguère. This tiny road through dense woodland averages 12% over 3km, the first kilometre two notches above that mark. The summit is a point-bonus, offering a further incentive for the mountain goats.

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