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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 14, Stage 15: Givors - Mont Ventoux 242.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:24 BST,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 20:06 BST

Givors - Mont Ventoux 242.5 km

When the going gets tough...

It's Bastille Day, the next day is a rest day and the finish is atop one of the Tour's most renowned peaks. This is also the race's longest day, so everyone will need to hold back as much as they can for those final 21km. Once again, plenty of riders will want to get into the break but their chances of fending off the GC hopefuls will be a lot slimmer than they were into Lyon. The stage bumps through the Drôme region, reaching the foothills of the Ventoux beyond Nyons, where the riders will start a half-circuit of 'The Bald Mountain', passing over the Col de la Madeleine and into Bédoin. From there the road starts to rise gently to reach the first sweeping bend, which launches the riders up into thick forest that hides the steepest ramps. Coming out of the trees at Châlet Reynard, the riders enter the Ventoux's barren moonscape. The direction of the wind is crucial. Usually, it's from the front, potentially nullifying attacking intentions. It's a devilish climb to judge well but quite an easy one to make a hash of.

Stephen Roche: "This is the moment the Tour gets serious. So much depends on the weather on the Ventoux. It can be incredibly stifling if it's hot and extremely hard if there's a headwind when you get out of the trees at Chalet Reynard. If a specialist climber is to win they will need to make a move here."

Local history

The Ventoux finish in 2009 will give today's escapees some sustenance. Juan Manuel Gárate and Tony Martin survived from the break that day, the Spaniard beating the German on the final ramp. The yellow jersey group stuck pretty much together in a strong headwind, although Bradley Wiggins did lose some ground.

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 15 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 15 profile