Date: Tuesday, July 19 2011
From/to: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap
Type: Medium mountains
Impact on jerseys
Polka dot 2/5
With the Tour’s second rest-day out of the way, the peloton heads into Gap to start a series of brutal stages that could well decide the outcome of the race.
Today is the forerunner to what lies ahead – it may not hit the same heights as the big mountains, but the constant drags mean it’s going to be anything but an easy day.
We’re hoping that with the top of the second-category Col de Manse topping out 11km from the finish in Gap, someone decides to take a flyer down the short descent.
Tour de France 2011: Related links
Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index