The second week of the Tour de France saw the riders hit the mountains proper for the first time in the race, as Chris Froome (Team Sky) extended his lead at the top of the GC with a dominant performance to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10.
From there it was just the small matter of two more stages of mountains passes, with just the small matter of the Col de l’Aspin, the Col du Tourmalet and a summit finish on Plateau de Beille for the peloton to suffer through before reaching the transition stages from Mende to Gap, where they’d break before riding into the Alps.
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But the transition stages didn’t present any let up for the riders, as breakaways relentlessly tried to stay away and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) looked for a first stage win since 2013.
The treacherous descent from the Col de Manse was the final obstacle for the GC contenders to safely overcome before reaching Gap, with Froome able to hold onto his significant lead as the Tour heads into its third week.
Stage 10: Tarbes – La Pierre-Saint-Martin, 167km
Stage 11: Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin, 188km
Stage 12: Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille, 195km
Stage 13: Muret – Rodez, 198.5km
Stage 14: Rodez – Mende, 178.5km
Stage 15: Mende – Valence, 183km
Stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage – Gap, 201km