Anything could still happen during this penultimate stage, where only the first part of the race, around Lake Annecy, will be on the flat. After this, a group of climbs, to include Mont Revard, should see a number of attacks. The unprecedented finish in Semnoz involves climbs which are sharp enough to cause a last minute upset...
The towns / A sporting view
The Tour de France first came to Annecy in 1959, when the stage was won by Rolf Graf, but fifty years went by before the Tour returned and Alberto Contador won the time trial which was fought out around the lake. This year’s event marks a welcome early return visit of the peloton to the ‘Venice of the Alps’. In 2009, the lake (celebrated by the poet Alphonse de Lamartine) was a central feature of the stage; this year the riders will head for the slopes of the mountains which tower over and distinguish the town.
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 78,5 - Mont Revard15,9 kilometre-long climb at 5,6 km
- Km 125 - Annecy-Semnoz10,7 kilometre-long climb at 8,5%
Annecy - Semnoz
Known as the green lung of Annecy, the Semnoz mountain is a year-round destination for hikers, equestrians, mountain-bikers, paragliders and skiers. However, until today, the Tour de France has only once passed through this panoramic landscape during an eventful stage of the 1998 edition, which went from Albertville to Aix-les-Bains. This year, the finishing line has been drawn on the summit, in recognition of Semnoz’s majestic position in the Annecy landscape.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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