Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 preview: Tarbes - La Pierre-Saint-Martin, 167 km

After the carnage of the opening nine days, and a rest day that will still have been a little complicated by the long transfer from Brittany to the deep south of France, the Tour finally hits the mountains.

Given the varied route up until now, the organisers have kept the first climbing day relatively straightforward, with a long rolling route to the foot of a single mountain, at the top of which the stage will finish. And there’s one more bit of pertinent information about today’s stage: it’s Bastille Day, France’s national holiday. The French fans and media watch this stage a little more closely – there are few more popular events in the home nation than a French winner on July 14.

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