Date: Thursday July 12
Finish: La Toussuire – Les Sybelles
Type: High mountains
After a flat 15km run from Albertville, the bunch will be at the foot of the hors-catégorie Col de la Madeleine, girding their loins for the hors-catégorie Croix de Fer and Col du Mollard – there’s no more flat; just up or down.
If some climber types have lost a load of time then they might go on the attack from a long way out. The climb to the finish is a 17.3km effort of ‘only’ 6.3 per cent gradient but on a short stage it might tempt the bold or desperate to light the blue touchpaper.
Tour de France 2012: Coverage index