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Tour de France 2005

Date range:
July 2-24, 2005
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      19km
      Start location:
      Fromentine
      End location:
      Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile ITT
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Challans
      End location:
      Les Essarts
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      La Châtaigneraie
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      67.5km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Blois TTT
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Chambord
      End location:
      Montargis
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Troyes
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Lunéville
      End location:
      Karlsruhe
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      231.5km
      Start location:
      Pforzheim
      End location:
      Gérardmer
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      192.5km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Courchevel
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Courchevel
      End location:
      Briançon
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Briançon
      End location:
      Digne-les-Bains
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173.5km
      Start location:
      Miramas
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      220.5km
      Start location:
      Agde
      End location:
      Ax-3 Domaines
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Lézat-sur-Lèze
      End location:
      Saint-Lary Soulan (Pla d'Adet)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      180.5km
      Start location:
      Mourenx
      End location:
      Pau
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      239.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Revel
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Albi
      End location:
      Mende
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      153.5km
      Start location:
      Issoire
      End location:
      Le Puy-en-Velay
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      55km
      Start location:
      Saint-Etienne
      End location:
      Saint-Etienne ITT
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      144km
      Start location:
      Corbeil-Essonnes
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 16, Stage 14: Agde - Ax-3 Domaines 220.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 03, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:09 BST

If Ivan Basso is still in the mix at this point of the race, eyes will be on him as the race enters...

If Ivan Basso is still in the mix at this point of the race, eyes will be on him as the race enters the Pyrenees. Armstrong has traditionally consolidated his strong position throughout the Pyrenees and carried this on into the final time trial. In 2003 things were very tight at this stage - in 2004 he virtually had the race sown up. In 2005 this stage, and the next could be the deciding factors for the overall title. The focus will be on the 15.2km Port de Pailheres, which rises to 2100m at an average of 8%. It's not the tallest col but it's gradient means most riders will struggle up it, especially because it comes after 170km of riding, including three cat 4 climbs and a cat 3 col. These won't pose nearly the same challenge as the hors categorie monster, but add this to a summit finish in Ax 3 Domaines - a 9.1km climb at 7.3% and you've got yourself a tough day. Most are tipping Basso on this stage, and with his performances at the Giro to go by, they're not too far off the mark.


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