Bicycling Magazine 2011 Tour de France: Stage 4 - Lorient > Mûr-de-Bretagne, Tuesday 5 July 

After 172km of generally flat roads, the finish atop the Mur de Bretagne, or Brittany Wall, will throw the peloton into a shambles. Averaging 7 percent over 2 kilometers, this climb will nullify the sprinters teams and turn the day over to those that fare best in the hilly classics.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 5 Jul 2011 1:44:48 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 110.2 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 6604 ft
Total Loss: 5823 ft
Net Change: 781 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: 2011 Tour de France, 2011 Tour de France Stages to Watch, France, Lorient
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

BICYCLING magazine Stage to Watch Analysis
Since taking over as race director in 2005, Christian Prudhomme has continually looked for ways to add suspense to the Tour, especially during what is sometimes a lackluster first week. In its return to cycling-crazed Brittany, in northwestern France, the Tour will finish this day on the mythic Mur de Bretagne, or Brittany Wall. More than 2 kilometers long with an average grade of nearly 7 percent (spiking to 10 in places), this feature virtually eliminates any chance of a mass sprint for the finish. Instead, look for punchy riders like Omega Pharma Lotto’s Philippe Gilbert—this spring’s Ardennes dynamo—to attack. Overall contenders must be watchful here; any split in the bunch or crash could cost them time.

“This stage provides some innovation with a finish on the summit of the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which comes at the end of a beautiful but very tough two-kilometre climb. The road rises in such a straight line that even from the bottom the finish is almost visible. It’s going to be impressive, with steep ramps right from the bottom. But even before getting to that point, there is a series of hills in central Brittany where the twisting roads can be a real slog. The riders will have to be on their guard because these could lead to splits in the peloton and, consequently, a surprise or two. What is for sure is that there won’t be any sprinters in contention. Look instead for riders in the mould of Philippe Gilbert or Thomas Voeckler.”
Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by Actual stage may vary slightly.

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Stage 4 Route Information

Distance: 110.20 mi Points: 1854
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.47 mi At Rond-Point de Bir Hakeim, take the 2nd exit onto Avenue du Général Charles de GaulleGo through 1 traffic circl Then go 0.61 mi
2 1.09 mi Turn left onto Avenue de la Marne Then go 0.18 mi
3 1.27 mi At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Avenue Anatole FranceGo through 1 traffic circle Then go 0.13 mi
4 1.40 mi At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Avenue du Faouëdi Then go 0.07 mi
5 1.48 mi At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Boulevard du Général Philippe Leclerc Then go 0.18 mi
6 1.65 mi At the traffic circle, take the 5th exit onto Boulevard Emmanuel Svo Then go 0.25 mi
7 1.91 mi Continue onto Rue Emile-Antoine Bourdelle Then go 0.03 mi
8 1.94 mi Continue onto Boulevard d'Oradour-sur-Glan Then go 0.28 mi
9 2.21 mi Slight right to stay on Boulevard d'Oradour-sur-Glan Then go 0.08 mi
10 2.29 mi Continue onto Boulevard de Normandie Then go 0.09 mi
11 2.38 mi Slight right to stay on Boulevard de Normandi Then go 0.22 mi
12 2.60 mi Enter Place du Dr Louis Cousyn Then go 0.01 mi
13 2.61 mi Exit the traffic circle onto D724 Then go 1.44 mi
14 4.06 mi Slight right onto Avenue Ambroise Croisat/D724 Then go 0.47 mi
15 4.53 mi Enter the traffic circl Then go 0.03 mi
16 4.56 mi Exit the traffic circle Then go 0.26 mi
17 4.81 mi At Giratoire du Moustoir, take the 3rd exit onto D769 Then go 0.81 mi
18 5.63 mi Slight left to stay on D76

Points of Interest

Finish: Stage 4

Location: 48.218724, -2.998586

Start: Stage 4

Location: 47.733434, -3.384948

KOM - Côte de Laz

Location: 48.126628, -3.850113
Km 79.0 - Côte de Laz - Category 4

KOM: Mûr-de-Bretagne

Location: 48.218463, -2.998196
Km 172.5 - Mûr-de-Bretagne - Category 3

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