Stage 17: Pau - Castelsarrasin
After the mountains come, the rolling hills from Pau to Castelsarrasin that will see the opportunistic riders take their last chance for a stage by going on the attack. With five lower category climbs across upper Gascony certain to provoke attacks, a break should make it home across the hot, dry plains of Haute-Garonne west of Toulouse to Castelsarrasin.
Km 23: Côte de Baleix: 1.4 km climb @ 8 % grade / 3rd Cat.
Km 54: Côte de Villecomtal: 3.7 km climb @ 4.3 % grade / 4th Cat.
Km 59.5: Côte de Miélan: 1.4 km climb @ 5.4 % grade / 4th Cat.
Km 63.5: Côte de Sainte-Dode-aux-Croix: 2.0 km climb @ 5 % grade / 4th Cat.
Km 72.5: Côte de Theux: 1.4 km climb @ 6.4 % grade / 4th Cat.
Km 169.5: Côte de la Montagnère: 1.4 km climb @ 5.3 % grade / 4th Cat.
Km 44.5: Rabastens-de-Bigorre
Km 146.5: Solomiac
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