Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 preview: Muret - Rodez, 198.5 km

This is a classic ‘transition’ stage. The definition is sometimes stretched to describe any hilly stage that is neither mountainous nor flat, but the true definition is of a stage which lies between France’s two main mountain ranges, the Pyrenees and the Alps.

There are four transition stages this year – here, Mende, Valence and Gap. Mende and Gap have significant climbs near the finishes, which will impose a more logical shape on the race, and could even turn into GC days, but this and Valence are unpredictable, rolling, lumpy days where breaks, once gone, may never be seen again.

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