When: Friday, July 20
Where: Montpellier-Castres
Length: 178.5km

DESCRIPTION
The Tour is leaving the coast behind, starting form Montpellier and crossing the foothills of the Pyrenees before ending in Castres.

It’s a lumpy old day, with several fourth-category climbs to soften the legs over the first half of the stage. But things get interesting with the crossing of the second category Montee de la Jeante, a 12km climb taking the riders up to almost 1,000 metres. Exactly the kind of energy-sapping day the riders do not want before tomorrow’s time trial.

CW STAGE RATING
Scenery: 6/10
Difficulty: 4/10
Impact on overall: 2/10

ROUTE DETAILS
Km, Location, ETA, Feature
0, MONTPELLIER, 12:40, START
27.5, Cote de Cantagal, 13:33, Climb cat 4
58, Cote du Mas Rouet, 14:14, Climb cat 4
74.5, Col du Buis, 14:37, Climb cat 4
81.5, Herepian, 14:46, Sprint
101, Olargues, 15:13, Sprint
102, La Sige, 15:14, Feed zone
130.5, Montee de la Jeante, 16:08, Climb cat 2
178.5, CASTRES, 17:10, FINISH

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