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La Butte Montmartre on the menu of stage 21


The final stage of the 2015 Tour de France includes an unusual entry into Paris. The polka-dot jersey could even be conquered in the capital...

An important modification will appear this year on the final stage where a detour in Paris has been added, taking the riders to the top of the Butte Montmartre. The last points counting for the King of the Mountain classification of the 2015 Tour will be up for grabs precisely in front of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. This final climb, a 2nd cat. ascent, could even prove to be decisive in the battle for the polka-dot jersey.

Thierry Gouvenou who planned this novelty, details the difficulties of this new climb: “The pack will enter Paris from the east side and will then head to the 18th arrondissement (district). Once on the Boulevard de Rochechouart, the riders will take on the climb going up the Rue des Martyrs, then the Rue des Abbesses and eventually the tough Rue Lepic. It isn't a very long climb but it's steep and the streets are narrow. At the summit, the riders will be just by the famous Place du Tertre and will then turn towards the Sacré-Cœur where they will start the descent through the little streets of the Montmartre area. This detour will of course add to the excitement of the stage, especially if the climber's classification is still open. On the other hand, the pack will probably bunch up again just before the final circuit that the riders will enter from the north part, coming from the Avenue de l'Opéra”.

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