July 13, 2014

With seven categorized climbs coming in quick succession, the 161.5 kilometer Stage 10 will be one of the toughest and most decisive of this year’s Tour de France. 

Stage 10 Profile:

Stage 10 Profile

The climbing begins almost immediately with the 8.3 Cat 2 Col du Firstplan, only 20 km after leaving Mulhouse.

Then the next climb will be the Cat 1, Petit Ballon. It is 9.3 kilometers in length and has an average gradient of 8.1 percent. The summit of that climb is just 10 km from the start of the 7.1 km 8.4% Cat 1 Col du Platzerwasel ascent. OUCH!

Next up at 96.8 km in the stage is the 6.7 kilometer Cat 2 Col d’Oderen which has an average gradient of 6.2 percent. That’s followed by the 3.2 kilometer Cat 3 Col des Croix starting at 122.3 km.

Nearing the end of the stage the rider’s legs are beginning to tire from the climbing, but there’s still more to come. At 140 km in the Cat 1 Col des Chevrères is a 3.5 kilometer long brutal climb with an average 9.5 percent. Look below at the climb profile and you’ll see the 1.5 km 18 percent gradient section has the potential to cause havoc in the groups fighting for any advantage they can get.

Stg 10 Col des Chevrères

After all of that, the climbs don’t stop! Riders will finish the day on the Cat 1 La Planche des Belles Filles. The final climb is 5.9 kilometers in length at an average gradient of 8.5%, but also includes sections at up to 20% near the top!

Stg 10 La Planche des Belles Filles

This is a stage that is sure to shake up the overall classification!

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