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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 05, Stage 7: Montpellier - Albi 205.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:17 BST,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 20:02 BST

Montpellier - Albi 205.5 km

A day for those chasing green

There are four climbs on this stage that runs through the vineyards of the Hérault and into the Tarn region, although none of them are particularly testing. Yet the rugged countryside does provide the opportunity for a breakaway group. The hardest climbing comes in the middle third, when the riders will tackle the fearsome-sounding Col des 13 Vents (The Pass of 13 Winds) and the Croix de Mounis. Once past them, the route begins to drop down towards Albi, bumping over two smaller climbs on the way. From the top of the second, the Côte de Teillet, there is the best part of 40km into the finish.

Unless those in the break have several minutes in hand, the bunch is sure to be in full flight behind them, the sprinters encouraging their teammates to give all they can in the knowledge that they will be able to ease a touch in the days that follow. The finish will be impressive as it's located adjacent to the Sainte-Cécile cathedral, which helped earn Albi UNESCO World Heritage status two years ago.

With so little for the sprinters to look forward to in the following days, expect their teams to keep a tight hold on the bunch into Albi.

Barry Hoban: "There are some decent climbs on this stage but the GC contenders will be waiting for tomorrow, so I think this is a great opportunity for breakaways. It'll be interesting to see how the sprinters react, as the final kilometres are downhill so they might want to chase. But it could be too late."

Local history

Could the finish in Albi be a good omen for Cadel Evans? The Aussie picked up his first Tour stage win in the city in 2007, although he didn't get a chance to celebrate at the time. Alexandre Vinokourov initially claimed victory in the TT that day but was later stripped of it after testing positive for a blood transfusion.

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO

Tour de France 2013: Stage 7 map

Tour de France 2013: Stage 7 profile