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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 20, Stage 20: Annecy - Annecy-Semnoz 125km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:27 BST,
Updated:
June 18, 2013, 3:03 BST

Annecy - Annecy-Semnoz 125 km

A final fling in the mountains

Will the Tour still be in the balance at this point? Prudhomme and Pescheux are certainly hoping so, although they recognise this short thriller of a stage may only decide the final positions further down the top 10.

It's another day of almost constant ups and downs. The real climbing will start on Mont Revard, a famous name from the Tour's past best remembered for Cyrille Guimard's narrow victory over Eddy Merckx in 1972. Just when the route appears to be circling back on itself to Annecy, it turns sharp right and up to the resort of Semnoz that stands sentinel over the lakeside town. The climb was supposed to make its debut in the final days of the 1998 race but a riders' strike in the wake of the Festina affair meant it had to wait another 15 years to appear on a Tour stage. Rising for almost 11km at an average of 8.5 per cent, it may not suit pure climbers so much as those riders who simply have the most left in their legs on the penultimate day of the race.

Nicolas Portal: "The climbing starts from the off today. The Col des Prés is steep with a technical descent. The Revard is 15km, then there are lots of ups and downs before the narrow start up to Semnoz. The first 2km have some steep ramps but after that, it's a steady, well-surfaced, typical Alpine climb."

Local history

That doomed 1998 stage to Aix-les-Bains apart, Semnoz has no Tour history and even nearby Annecy has very little despite its position close to so many famous passes. The Tour first visited in 1959 but didn't return for another 50 years until that time trial stage won by Alberto Contador in 2009.

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 20 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 20 profile