When: Friday, July 20

Where: Montpellier-Castres

Length: 178.5km

DESCRIPTION

The Tour is leaving the coast behind, starting form Montpellier and crossing the foothills of the Pyrenees before ending in Castres.

It’s a lumpy old day, with several fourth-category climbs to soften the legs over the first half of the stage. But things get interesting with the crossing of the second category Montee de la Jeante, a 12km climb taking the riders up to almost 1,000 metres. Exactly the kind of energy-sapping day the riders do not want before tomorrow’s time trial.

CW STAGE RATING

Scenery: 6/10

Difficulty: 4/10

Impact on overall: 2/10

ROUTE DETAILS

Km, Location, ETA, Feature

0, MONTPELLIER, 12:40, START

27.5, Cote de Cantagal, 13:33, Climb cat 4

58, Cote du Mas Rouet, 14:14, Climb cat 4

74.5, Col du Buis, 14:37, Climb cat 4

81.5, Herepian, 14:46, Sprint

101, Olargues, 15:13, Sprint

102, La Sige, 15:14, Feed zone

130.5, Montee de la Jeante, 16:08, Climb cat 2

178.5, CASTRES, 17:10, FINISH

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