Tour de France 2012: Stage 11 preview

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Stage 11
Date: Thursday July 12
Start: Albertville
La Toussuire – Les Sybelles
Length: 148km
Type: High mountains

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After a flat 15km run from Albertville, the bunch will be at the foot of the hors-catégorie Col de la Madeleine, girding their loins for the hors-catégorie Croix de Fer and Col du Mollard – there’s no more flat; just up or down.

If some climber types have lost a load of time then they might go on the attack from a long way out. The climb to the finish is a 17.3km effort of ‘only’ 6.3 per cent gradient but on a short stage it might tempt the bold or desperate to light the blue touchpaper.


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