Sunday, July 23, 2017

The 11th stage of the 2015 Tour de France runs 188kms from Pau to Cauterets-Vallee du Sain-Savin, and climbs are the order of the day. 

 

 

There is an intermediate sprint at 56.5kms in Pouzac, but there are 6 categorized climbs, including the HC of the Tourmalet, which will be the true test:

  • Km 48.5 - Côte de Loucrup2 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 3
  • Km 61.5 - Côte de Bagnères-de-Bigorre1.4 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 4
  • Km 74.5 - Côte de Mauvezin2.7 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 3
  • Km 117.0 - Col d'Aspin (1 490 m)12 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 1
  • Km 147.0 - Col du Tourmalet (2 115 m) Souvenir Jacques Goddet17.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category H
  • Km 184.5 - Côte de Cauterets6.4 kilometre-long climb at 5% - category 3

If anyone has the courage to attack, this could be a good chance to make up some of the time lost on Stage 10.  But, with so many climbs, it comes down to a question of tactics.  

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