Tour de France 2015 Stage 11 preview: Pau - Cauterets Vallee de Saint-Savin, 188 km

If the previous stage to La Pierre St Martin and next stage to Plateau de Beille are all about the punchlines, this stage is more of a rambling tale, a journey, rather than a destination.

The stage crosses two of the Tour’s most venerable mountains – the Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet – before a comparatively gentle finish up the hill to Cauterets. The Aspin and Tourmalet were the second and third high mountain cols ever used in the Tour, when they followed the Col du Peyresourde in a stage from Luchon to Bayonne in 1910. Owing to the fact that there is essentially one road running east-west through the Pyrenees and these two climbs form part of it, they have both appeared many times on the race route.

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