Bicycling Magazine Tour de France 2010: Stage 17 - Pau to Col du Tourmalet (July 22) 

The Tourmalet, citadel of the Pyrenees, plays a starring role on the 100th anniversary of its first Tour appearance and promises a nasty mountaintop finish. This 174km stage ascends the steepest side uphill from Barèges following the climb of the Marie-Blanque and Soulor passes.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 22 Jul 2010 11:41:45 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 110.57 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 25000 ft
Total Loss: 18750 ft
Net Change: 6250 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: Climbs of the 2010 Tour de France, col du tourmalet, France, High Mountains, Mountains, Pau, Stages to Watch, Tour de France 2010
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The final stage in the Pyrenees promises to be epic as the Tour returns to the Tourmalet--the first mountain pass in Tour history--for a second time in two days. But this time the race finishes on the climb. In addition, the riders will attack two reputed climbs prior to the Tourmalet, the Marie-Blanc and Soulor Pass, so count on serious time gaps at the finish.

In his prime Lance Armstrong often used the Tourmalet to construct his Tour de France victories. Will he use it this year to complete his comeback? Riders will use the western approach, which is not as steep but is longer and holds more climbing overall. It’s also remarkably consistent in grade and has long straight stretches, which should reward tempo-style climbers chasing down punchier attackers. As the race’s final mountaintop finish, it’s also the last chance for challengers to dislodge the leader.

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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Tour de France 2010: Stage 17 - Pau to Col du Tourmalet, July 22

Distance: 110.57 mi Points: 2620
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: Pau

Location: 43.300418, -0.375144

Côte de Renoir: Cat 4 Climb

Location: 43.224979, -0.436363
2.2km climb at 6%

Sprint #1

Location: 43.178591, -0.609999

Col de Marie-Blanque: Cat 1 Climb

Location: 43.070492, -0.507517
9.3km climb at 7.6%

Feed Zone

Location: 43.140614, -0.254703

Col du Soulor: Cat 1 Climb

Location: 42.960731, -0.261912
11.9km climb at 7.8%

Sprint #2

Location: 42.975715, -0.079565

COL DU TOURMALET (Souvenir Henri Desgrange): HC Climb

Location: 42.906877, 0.145311
18.6km climb at 7.5%

Arrivee: Col du Tourmalet

Location: 42.908259, 0.145199

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