Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden 132 miles
Le. Tour. De. France.
Our first High Mountains. Lots of uphill, the sprint checkpoint and then 3 climbs- Hourquette d’Ancizan (category 1), Col du Tormalet (unclassified), and the finish at Luz-Ardiden (also unclassified).
The first is actually the steepest, but they range from 7.5% to 7.3% grades so they’re all pretty steep.
Contador will be looking to make a statement since he has a 3 day opportunity to put this away. He starts out about 1:30 behind his competition.
Yesterday the Mad Manx took over the points competition with Gilbert and Rojas close behind and Greipel and Hushovd slightly farther back. They’ll contest the intermediate checkpoint points but you have to expect the Stage winner to be a climber.
However there are always surprises.
Surprise early coverage on Vs. starts at 6 am!