Everything you need to know about the race and its side effects with the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France, a formidable route in the mountains, between Saint-Gaudens and Peyragudes.
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Stage profile: Saint-Gaudens-Peyragudes (129.7 km)
A concentration of difficulties and a day that will make the peloton suffer. After about fifty kilometers quite quiet, the climbs will follow without letting the runners breathe: first the neck of Aspin, known for being quite wavy (12 km at 6.5%) and then the Hourquette d’Ancizan ( 8, 2 km to 5.1 km). %)). Nothing insurmountable, but the following program is indigestible: the pass of Val-Louron Azet (10.7 km at 6.8%) and especially the climb to Peyragudes, its arrival at the top towards the plateau shows steps at 16% which had allowed Romain Bardet to escape. 2017 and win. As you will have understood, there will be gaps and a great spectacle before the long-awaited stage of the next day between Lourdes and Hautacam.
The actual departure is set at 13:25 and the estimated arrival at 17:00 with an average speed of 36 km / h.
France 3 from 12.55 and then France 2 at 15.00.
The prognosis of … Thierry Gouvenou, former driver and technical director of the Tour de France
“Tuesday’s stage, when I built it, I didn’t imagine it could have a big impact on the overall standings. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, we tried to concentrate the hills and avoid the valleys. Normally, they will be favorable to the attacks because in the valleys the formations will not have time to organize themselves with the companions. There can always be a break but the stages are short. It is an ideal terrain to endanger the yellow jersey and attack“, explains the manager. We will bet, then, on Tadej Pogacar, condemned to the attack … or Jonas Vingegaard who will not hesitate to take the point home if he feels his legs to move his Slovenian dolphin a little further away.
You can’t miss the course:
The sub-prefecture of Haute-Garonne, birthplace of rugby players Pierre Berbizier, William Servat and football coach Elie Baup impresses with the presence of the magnificent collegiate church of Saint-Pierre, architectural splendor of Romanesque art (centuries XI and XV). Motorsport fans can visit the Museum of the old Comminges circuit going through the history of the 18 Grand Prix cars and 16 Comminges Grand Prix motorcycles during the period 1925/1954. Peyragudes is the 3rde Pyrenees ski resort located around the Pyrenees National Park. A James Bond play was shot there, tomorrow he never diesat the altiport.
The specialty for brushing your teeth:
In Saint-Gaudens, opt for a dish based on veal raised under the mother, or lamb from the Pyrenees. Also taste the sheep’s milk cheese, Napoleon Commingeois and finish with the millasson, a cake halfway between lighthouse and custard. In Peyragudes, let yourself be tempted with a taste of frênette, or ash cider. Bigorre black pork (AOC) is a local specialty that can be accompanied by a wine such as Madiran or Pécheranc.
Quote of the day: “You have a sign on the back»
It refers to a pilot who is among the favorites, observed and especially watched by the platoon, willing to respond to the slightest attack from him.
Ex: “He, he has a sign on his back, don’t leave me a single one in front of me.»
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