After yesterday’s flat stage, the peloton tackle the bumpy stuff again, in a stage that finishes in a brutal summit finish at the Peyragudes ski station on one of the Tour’s oldest climbs, the Col de Peyresourde. Here’s William Fotheringham’s take on the stage from our Tour de France preview.
The last 80km looks dire, with the first-cat Col de Menté, the hors-catégorie Port de Balès and the Col de Peyresourde at the end. This is the second of only three summit finishes – so it is a vital chance to gain time for any climbers. The long run in to the Menté will favour an early break with a good climber, and France will be rooting for Thomas Voeckler in his last Tour.