profile, schedules, forecast and places to see of the 15th stage

Everything you need to know about the race and its side effects with the fifteenth stage, between Rodez and Carcassonne, promised to a puncher or a sprinter, before the day of rest.

Special envoy to Mende

Stage profile: Rodez-Carcassonne (202.5 km)

The sprinters (Fabio Jakobsen in Nyborg, Dylan Groenewegen in Sonderborg, Van Aert in Lausanne) have not been much pampered since they left Copenhagen. One more reason not to miss the opportunity. End of the 15the The stage that crosses four departments of Occitania (Aveyron, Tarn, Haute-Garonne, Aude), slightly mountainous at the beginning of the day, but in false plan that descends towards Carcassonne, would have to deploy, indeed, a propitious land to an explanation between the arrows of the platoon. The last difficulty of the day the coast of Cammazes (3e category; 5.1 km to 4.1%) is 38.3 km from the finish. Carcassonne, city of arrival of the 7e times (and 5 times as a home city) in the course of the Tour has seen, in recent years, the victory of the Danish Magnus Cort Nielsen in 2018 and the British Mark Cavendish in 2021. Last year, the sprinter of the Isle of Man (absent from the Grande Boucle this year) had joined Eddy Merckx at the head of the riders who have achieved the most stage victories in the Tour (34).

Rodez-Carcassonne (202.5 km) ASO


The actual departure is set at 13:15 and the estimated arrival at 17:52 with an average speed of 44 km / h.

TV broadcast:

France 3 from 12.55 and then France 2 at 15.00.

The forecast for … Pascal Lino (yellow jersey in 1992 for eleven days)

“On paper, the sprinters may like it, but I will not point them out with the presence of the last hill. 5.1 km at 4.1%, if it rises at a steady pace, the Jakobsen, Philipsen will explode, that’s for sure. I can see a Michael Matthews for example (BikeExchange-Jayco). He’s sneaked into the getaways the last few days and looks in good shape and the last third-category shot will get him through easily. (Forecast made before Matthews’ victory in Mende on Saturday, editor’s note).

You can’t miss the course:

Rodez, the city that saw the birth of the former coach of the XV of France Bernard Laporte, hosts for the fifth time in its history the Grande Boucle. Before leaving the city, do not miss the Place de la Cité and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame (13th-16th centuries) and the Episcopal Palace, currently closed. It is not necessary to present the walls and the city of Carcassonne, medieval architectural splendor restored in the 19th century. The municipality of Aude also hosts an international political film festival and Contrechamps, a documentary film festival.

The walls of the medieval city of Carcassonne. DR

The specialty for brushing your teeth:

Take out your forks to taste the stuffing, these chard pancakes and sausage meat before tasting Vieux Rodez, a local cheese. For dessert, opt for the mandarelle, a well-sculpted cake in reference to a pinnacle of Rodez Cathedral. Anyway, save some space for a good cassoulet in Carcassonne. Bite the little dessert Carcassonne, small oval cupcake. At the end of the meal, spread out the glass to savor Micheline, a liqueur of magical virtues as it is often presented as an elixir of youth.

The expression of the day: “The blow of the jackal”

Expression that designates an attack initiated with cunning by a runner who knew to be forgotten by his opponents to give a decisive blow at the end of the race.

Ex: “If you’re smart, wait behind the wheel of the boys and give them a jackal kick just before the little blow.”

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