When Wednesday July 16
Category Medium mountains
Where are we?
We’re in eastern France, in the Franche-Comté region, just 50km west of the Swiss border, waking up after a much-needed rest day in Besançon. The riders of the 2014 Tour will now be all too aware that the Alps, on the horizon, are beckoning…
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What’s on the route?
There are four categorised climbs in the last 50km of the stage — three category-three and one category-four — that could well provoke a little activity from those riders looking for KoM points.
What might happen?
The points available on those smaller climbs would suggest a breakaway of lesser — no offence — riders with designs on holding the polka-dot jersey for a day or two before the ‘big guns’ come to the fore in the real mountains. But will a break be able to hold on? If the sprinters’ teams have the bit between their teeth, it could all come together again before the finish in Oyonnax.
If you’re there
Explore the ballons in the Jura range with their rounded, rather than peaked, summits; yes, like balloons or balls.
Heading south in the shadow of the Jura mountains, destination the Alps.