Commentary from Christian Prudhomme

There’s no doubt that the emotion of the return to the Puy de Dôme 35 years on from the last visit will stimulate the appetite of the most aggressive climbers. The rugged Auvergne terrain will have sapped the juice from the legs of the contenders long before they tackle this formidable and majestic summit. Over the final four kilometres, at the end of a day with 3,600 metres of vertical gain, the average gradient is close to 12%.

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