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Tour de France 2008

Date range:
July 5-27, 2008
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Brest
      End location:
      Plumelec
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      164.5km
      Start location:
      Auray
      End location:
      Saint Brieuc
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      208km
      Start location:
      Saint-Malo
      End location:
      Nantes
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      29.5km
      Start location:
      Cholet
      End location:
      Cholet (ITT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      232km
      Start location:
      Cholet
      End location:
      Châteauroux
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      195.5km
      Start location:
      Aigurande
      End location:
      Super Besse
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Brioude
      End location:
      Aurillac
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Figeac
      End location:
      Toulouse
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Toulouse
      End location:
      Bagnères de Bigorre
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      167.5km
      Start location:
      Lannemezan
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Lavelanet
      End location:
      Narbonne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      182km
      Start location:
      Narbonne
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Nîmes
      End location:
      Digne les Bains
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Prato Nevoso
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Cuneo
      End location:
      Jausiers
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      210.5km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      L'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Saint Étienne
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      165.5km
      Start location:
      Roanne
      End location:
      Montluçon
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      53km
      Start location:
      Cérilly
      End location:
      Saint Amand Montrond (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      143km
      Start location:
      Étampes
      End location:
      Paris/Champs Élysées
  • Race history

July 13, Stage 9: Toulouse - Bagnères de Bigorre 224km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 24, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:15 BST

This is where the Tour really begins as the roads head upwards into the high passes of the Pyrenees....

This is where the Tour really begins as the roads head upwards into the high passes of the Pyrenees. Leaving the city of Toulouse, the course heads south and east over a number of small hills, until it reaches Luchon where the climbing really starts. The two first category Cols de Peyresourde and Aspin are not the toughest climbs of the Tour, but both are tough enough to punish anyone who isn't on top form. The descent to the finish though, should mean that any gaps between the contenders will be small.

Bagnères-de-Bigorre features on the Tour route on a regular basis, sitting as it does at the foot of the infamous Col du Tourmalet, which the race tackles tomorrow, but has only been a start or finish town nine times before. Recently, the town has tended to feature as a start town, rather than a finish. The last time was that incredible day in 2003 when Lance Armstrong took stage victory at Luz-Ardiden. He stormed away to win alone after being brought down by a spectator's bag at the foot of the final climb, the incident leading to the "did Ullrich wait" debate that kept internet chat rooms buzzing for years afterwards.


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