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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 09, Stage 8: Pforzheim - Gérardmer 231.5km

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

Starting and ending the day with some tough climbing, stage 8 is definitely a stage suited to those...

Starting and ending the day with some tough climbing, stage 8 is definitely a stage suited to those with strong legs that fancy their chances on a long break. Heading out of Germany and back into France, there are three Cat 3 cols after only 8.5km, but it's flat hammering for the next 150km until the Cat 2 Col de la Schlucht at 190.5km. Juan Antonio Flecha is a real chance of taking the stage after a successful season so far, and without Petacchi, Fassa Bortolo will be looking to Flecha to take a stage win. He has the strength to last the distance and kick in the closing stages, but will be challenged by the likes of Stuart O'Grady and Thomas Voeckler, who has knowledge of the area and would be keen to repeat some of the successes of 2004. It's almost the start of the serious stuff, so there may be a few casualties amongst the sprinters as the road heads towards the heavens.


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