When Sunday July 19

Where Pontarlier – Verbier

How far 207.5km



IMPACT ON CLASSIFICATIONS

Yellow Jersey 4/5

Green Jersey 1/5

Polka-Dot Jersey 3/5



STAGE DESCRIPTION

The race enters Switzerland for its first Alpine mountain finish, on the first-category climb to Verbier. After almost a week of inaction, the yellow jersey favourites have an opportunity to start making differences again on the tough nine-kilometre final ascent. After several third-category climbs in the Vaud, the day’s early breakaway could be swept up if the contenders start attacking. As the race’s second summit finish, coming before a rest day, more differences will be made to the general classification.



STAGE FACTS

  • Erik Dekker won a memorable first-week 2001 Tour stage from a fourteen-man break into Pontarlier. In pouring rain, the bunch soft-pedalled most of the way, losing a mammoth 35 minutes.
  • This is the first time a Tour stage has finished at Verbier, a popular winter ski resort. However, stages have finished just over the border in Cluses (Dario Frigo won in 2002) and Chamonix-Mont Blanc.
  • The riders pass the headquarters of the UCI in Aigle, 55 kilometres from the finish.
  • This is the stage with the most categorised climbs – six – in the 2009 Tour, a distinction it shares with the twelfth stage between Tonerre and Vittel.

Tour de France 2009 stage 15 map

 stage 15 Tour de France 2009 profile

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