Bicycling Magazine Tour de France 2010: Stage 12 - Bourg-de-Péage to Mende (July 16) 

At 210.5 km this stage, the race’s third longest, could give the GC contenders fits. The principal difficulty is the Croix Neuve, a short but steep pitch that leads to the finish. Time gaps here won’t be large, but the terrain is tough enough to punish any rider having a bad day.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 16 Jul 2010 4:02:47 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 133.06 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 23087 ft
Total Loss: 20276 ft
Net Change: 2812 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: Bourg-de-Péage, Breakaways, France, Hilly, Mende, Stages to Watch, Tour de France 2010
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Hills return as the race enters the Massif Central Mountains in what promises to be a memorable stage to Mende. It was here that Frenchman Laurent Jalabert culminated his epic breakaway over Miguel Indurain in 1995. The final climb to the Mende airstrip, now appropriately named the “Laurent Jalabert Climb” is short (only three kilometers). But averaging over a 10% grade, it sure is steep.

After a non-stop day of climbing and descending fireworks are assured on the final pitch. It was here that Alberto Contador assured victory in the Paris-Nice race in both 2007 and 2010, and it is here where the Spaniard will attempt to make a significant move against his opponents. If the two-time Tour winner is not already in yellow, he well could be by the finish on this day.

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 12 - Bourg-de-Péage to Mende

Distance: 133.06 mi Points: 3415
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Depart: Bourg-de-Péage

Location: 45.034563, 5.052595

Cote de Saint-Barthelemy-le-Plain: Cat 3 Climb

Location: 45.056698, 4.743004

Col de Nonieres: Cat 3 Climb

Location: 44.932876, 4.487057

Suc de Montivernoux: Cat 2 Climb

Location: 44.803093, 4.319344

Feed Zone

Location: 44.809441, 4.291427

Cote de la Mouline

Location: 44.812653, 4.019880

Sprint #2

Location: 44.727101, 3.856201

Poi Cote de la Croix-Neuve - Montee Laurent Jalabert: Cat 2 Climb

Location: 44.509116, 3.524380

Arrivee: Mende

Location: 44.506300, 3.528070

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