Monday July 16th, 2012

Stage 15Samatan / Pau

Start 13h50 GMT 2+

Up, down, up down... a race can be won or lost on such terrain

Sporting stakes16.07.2012Stage 15- Samatan / Pau

A day of rest will have served the riders well but nothing can really prepare someone for the prospect of what it's like to race a stage of the Tour de France with four huge mountain passes. The race from Pau to Luchon-de-Bagnères ends in a valley town and it's one that all riders would be afraid of. Those who are tired will suffer enormously on the challenging 197km route that takes in four mythical mountain passes – the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde; those who are challenging Bradley Wiggins for the yellow jersey will be worried that he's shown no sign yet of cracking; and the race leader himself we will concerned about what is bound to be a volley of attacks up and down the climbs that have helped create the legend of the Tour since they made their debut on the itinerary 102 years ago.
It might not be a summit finish but this is arguably the Queen Stage of the 99th Tour de France when there's a lot at risk but also big prizes to be won.

Stage 15 Samatan / Samatan

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