When Monday July 14
How long 156km
IMPACT ON CLASSIFICATIONS
This is a day where we could see some top names really crack on either of the two hors category climbs. Only the second mountain top finish of the Tour so far, the only difference is that this is a much bigger climb than before. The Hautacam is the type of ascent that a power climber could bluff their way up, but with a big climb already done earlier it should produce a worthy winner.
? Hautacam appears for the fourth time in the Tour. Luc Leblanc, Bjarne Riis and Javier Oxatoa were all the stage winners.
? Every time the Tour visits the Hautacam; the rider in yellow has gone on to win the race. However, Bjarne Riis?s name has been taken of the ?96 record after his EPO confession.
? The Tourmalet is the longest Pyrenean climb this year at 17.7km. It?s also the highest Pyrenean pass at 2,115 metres.
? Apart from the final stage to Paris, this is the shortest of the Tour. The shortest in recent history was a 38km stage from Luz Ardiden to Pau in 1988.
? The Tourmalet was first used in 1910 and last used in 2006 when David de la Fuente was first over.
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