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Tour de France 2007

Date range:
July 7-29, 2007
  • Tour de France, France, UPT (ProTour)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      8km
      Start location:
      London
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      203km
      Start location:
      London
      End location:
      Canterbury
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Dunkirk
      End location:
      Gent
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      236.5km
      Start location:
      Waregem
      End location:
      Compiègne
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      193km
      Start location:
      Villers-Cotterêts
      End location:
      Joigny
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      182.5km
      Start location:
      Chablis
      End location:
      Autun
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      199.5km
      Start location:
      Semur-en-Auxois
      End location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Le-Grand-Bornand
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      165km
      Start location:
      Le-Grand-Bornand
      End location:
      Tignes
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      159.5km
      Start location:
      Val-d’Isère
      End location:
      Briançon
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      229.5km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      182.5km
      Start location:
      Marseille
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      178.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Castres
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Albi
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Mazamet
      End location:
      Plateau-de-Beille
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      196km
      Start location:
      Foix
      End location:
      Loudenvielle - Le Louron
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      218.5km
      Start location:
      Orthez
      End location:
      Gourette - Col d’Aubisque
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      188.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Castelsarrasin
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      211km
      Start location:
      Cahors
      End location:
      Angoulême
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      55.5km
      Start location:
      Cognac
      End location:
      Angoulême
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      146km
      Start location:
      Marcoussis
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 23, Stage 15: Foix - Loudenvielle - Le Louron 196km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 28, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:13 BST

After a difficult time trial and then a hard mountain-top finish atop Plateau de Beille, stage 15 to...

After a difficult time trial and then a hard mountain-top finish atop Plateau de Beille, stage 15 to Foix Loudenvielle to Le Louron is the Queen Stage of the 2007 Tour de France. The long, difficult traverses the heart of the Hautes-Pyrénées from Foix in the Ariege region, with the Col de Port as the opener after just 27.5 kilometres. Then stage 15 rolls through the beautiful countryside around Saint-Girons before assaulting the challenging second-half of the stage, with the steep Cat. 2 Col de Portet d'Aspet, then the steeper Cat. 1 Col de Menté, the new hors catégorie ascent of the Port de Balès, a 19.5-kilometre climb that averages a 6.2% grade, with the final 10 kilometres at 8.5% which should show who is the strongest in this year's Tour.

However, the terrible stage 15 isn't done yet, as the steep 10 kilometres Col de Peyresourde awaits before the technical descent to Loudenvielle Le Louron. Look for Ag2r Prévoyance's Christophe Moreau and Rabobank's Michael Rasmussen to battle for the Maillot Blanc à Pois Rouges of Best Climber across the five cols of stage 15.

Climbs:
Km 27.5: Col de Port: 11.4 km climb @ 5.3 % grade / 2nd Cat.
Km 98.5: Col de Portet d'Aspet: 5.7 km climb @ 6.9 % grade / 2nd Cat.
Km 114: Col de Menté: 7.0 km climb @ 8.1 % grade / 1st Cat.
Km 159.5: Port de Balès: 19.2 km climb @ 6.2 % grade / hors catégorie
Km 184.5: Col de Peyresourde: 9.7 km climb @ 7.8 % grade / 1st Cat.

Sprints:
Km 68: Saint-Girons
Km 127: Marignac

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