When: Thursday, July 26

Where: Pau-Castelsarrasin

Length: 188.5km

DESCRIPTION

This is a surprisingly lumpy stage, with six categorised climbs along its route. There are two reasons why the favourites will spend most of the day ambling along. First, the Pyrenees have just finished. Second, there is a major time trial in the offing. Chances are, the breaks will stick like a piece of spaghetti to a wall.

CW STAGE RATING

Scenery: 5/10

Difficulty: 4/10

Impact on overall: 2/10

ROUTE DETAILS

Km, Location, ETA, Feature

0, PAU, 12:45, START

23, Cote de Baleix, 13:31, Climb cat 3

44.5, Rabastens de Bigorre, 14:01, Sprint

54, Cote de Villecomtal, 14:14, Climb cat 4

59.5, Cote de Mielan, 14:21, Climb cat 4

63.5, Cote de Sainte Dode aux Croix, 14:27, Climb cat 4

72.5, Cote de Theux, 14:39, Climb cat 4

86, Masseube, 14:57, Feed zone

146.5, Solomiac, 16:20, Sprint

169.5, Cote de la Montagnere, 16:51, Climb cat 4

188.5, CASTELSARRASIN, 17:17, FINISH

TOUR DE FRANCE 2007: GUIDE

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