Stage 16: Orthez - Gourette - Col d’Aubisque
After the well-earned final rest day in Pau and with five days still to go to Paris, the riders are not yet done with the Pyrenees, or rather, the Pyrenees are not yet done with the Tour riders. For stage 16 has four difficult climbs on the program, including the hors catégorie Port de Larrau, a steep 14.5-kilometre monster that leads the Tour for a short visit into Spain, then a finish atop the hors catégorie Col d'Aubisque.
This stage will be the last chance for riders who are looking to move up the GC ladder and look for a huge turnout of Basque fans to support their orange clad Euskaltel-Euskadi riders. If Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) takes the win atop the d'Aubisque, the Basques will cheer just the same.
Km 79: Port de Larrau: 14.7 km climb @ 8.1 % grade / hors catégorie (Spain)
Km 93: Alto Laza - 3.5km climb @ 6.8 % grade / 3rd Cat. (Spain)
Km 131: Col de la Pierre-Saint-Martin: 14.2 km climb @ 5.2 % grade / 1st Cat.
Km 180.5: Col de Marie-Blanque: 9.3 km climb @ 7.4 % grade / 1st Cat.
Km 218.5: Col d'Aubisque: 16.7 km climb @ 7 % grade / hors catégorie
Km 36: Mauleon-Licharrre
Km 200: Laruns
Latest on Cyclingnews
Steels: We don't expect Cavendish to win six Tour de France stagesDeceuninck-QuickStep has confidence in Manxman
Trentin hoping for lasting rules to improve rider safetyItalian calls for padded barriers at race finishes
Kittel: Mark Cavendish's rare experience will help Deceuninck-QuickStepGerman says transfer 'closes a circle' for former sprint rival
Sergio Henao joins Qhubeka AssosColombian arrives after two years with UAE Team Emirates
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.