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STAGE SEVEN

When Friday July 11

Where Brioude-Aurillac

How long 159km

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A very tough day with five categorised climbs alongside many smaller hills from start to finish. With no flat roads and a very twisty course it is going to be a very interesting stage as it is too easy for overall contenders to put time into each other and too tough a stage for a sprint finish. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for attacking riding with most breakaway riders putting in the killer move on the last climb of the day.

STAGE FACTS

? Aurillac has hosted five stage finishes; the last was in 1985 when Eduardo Chozas won.

? The Tour has crossed the Pas De Peyrol seven times. The first was in 1959 and the last was 2004 when Richard Virenque won in St Flour

? On paper this is the toughest stage outside the two mountain ranges, with two second category climbs, two third category climbs and a fourth category climb.

? Two-time Tour winner Antonin Mayne was born near Aurillac.

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