Saturday July 12th, 2014

Stage 8Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Start 13h40 (Local time)

Km 150 - Beware of Grosse Pierre

See you11.07.2014Stage 8- Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Col de Grosse Pierre, at kilometre 150, is not unknown to the riders.

Climbed since 1913, when WWI hero Lucien Petit-Breton was first at the top, it has not been ridden that often, even though the race took it in 2012,  but on a far less demanding portion. Jean Alavoine (1914), José Perez Llacer (1952), Rudi Altig (1969), Bernard Vallet (1979) and Chris Anker Sorensen (2012) were the other men to ride it in the lead. This year, Thierry Gouvenou added a much steeper section which might upset the riders who did not check it.
Moreover, its location on the course, only 11 km from the finish line, could make it more crucial than usual, especially after the little known Col des la Croix des Monats at kilometre 142.
"The road is rather narrow and very steep. The descent towards Gerardmer is long. It's a great climb, and it will surprise some," said Alberto Contador and Tinkoff-Saxo team director Phliippe Mauduit.

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