Tour de France route rumours: 2015 stage finish to commemorate Eddy Merckx’s defeat

Rumour has it that the ski village of Pra-Loup will host the finale of stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France - Eddy Merckx effectively lost the 1975 Tour on the climb

Pra Loup

(Image credit: Chris Sidwells)

The radio station who reported the possibility of a stage finish on top of the giant Cime de la Bonette climb,, have now come up with a more logical, and logistically acceptable, suggestion for where the finish of stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France will be. It’s the ski village of Pra-Loup at the end of the climb that took the biggest scalp in cycling.

There will be a stage finish in the Ubaye Valley next year, there’s no doubt about that. Every hotel room is booked up there for the night of July 20, and most are the same for the 21st. So that suggests a stage finish in the Ubaye Valley, a rest day in Gap at the eastern end of the valley on July 21, and a stage start there on the 22. That stage could end on Alpe d’Huez, which has been rumoured to be in the 2015 Tour for quite some time.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events,, and the Cycling Legends Podcast