This second alpine stage will present plenty of opportunities for those who want to shake up the order of the pack ? in particular during the climbs on the Glandon and Madeleine passes. The descent into Le Grand-Bornand (around a dozen kilometres in length) on the other side of the Croix Fry pass, promises to deliver a moment laden with suspense.
The towns / A sporting view
“Last breath before the big jump” should be signposted for the riders leaving this town in Isère. For them, the name of Bourg-d’Oisans signifies the start of the climb towards the Alpe-d’Huez. But this town has also been the scene of stage departures which have either avenged or consolidated performances seen on “the Alpe”. In 1952, for example, Fausto Coppi increased his lead over the other riders from 5 seconds to 7 minutes during the stage which ran from Bourg-d’Oisans to Sestrières.
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 33,5 - Col du Glandon21,6 kilometre-long climb at 5,1%
- Km 83,5 - Col de la Madeleine19,2 kilometre-long climb at 7,9%
- Km 143 - Col de Tamié8,6 kilometre-long climb at 6,2%
- Km 165 - Col de l’Épine6,1 kilometre-long climb at 7,6%
- Km 191,5 - Col de la Croix Fry11,3 kilometre-long climb at 7%
Not just the Tour de France but also the Biathlon World Cup and the World Military Winter Games,... “it’s all about sport” in Grand-Bornand in 2013. This year, the Savoy resort has already been in the spotlight for hosting the finish of the Tour de l’Avenir, in which one of the greatest hopes in French cycling, Warren Barguil, shot to prominence. In 2007, another young racer and Tour novice, Linus Gerdemann, made his mark by dominating here and taking the Yellow Jersey.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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