Etape du Tour 2012: Pau to Bagneres de Luchon

Tourmalet, Etape du Tour 2012

Coming less than a week after the first Etape du Tour, on July 14 as the rest of France enjoys the national celebration of Bastille Day, all eyes once again return with a distant gaze towards the high mountains for part two of this equally feisty double act.

The last time the Etape set out from Pau was in 2008, with the Col du Tourmalet and Hautacam making up the menu of the day. On reflection this now looks like merely an hors d'oeuvre compared to next year's mouthwateringly monstrous 197km parcours to Bagnères

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