Saturday, July 14, 2007

TdF Stage 8 preview

Stage 8 on Sunday is going to be the hardest stage thus far. While there are only 165 km between Le Grand-Bornand and Tignes, there are two sprints (at 36 and 105 km) and six climbs, the last three of them a Category 1:

Km 99.5: Cormet de Roselend: 19.9 km climb @ 6 % grade
Km 136.5: Montée d'Hauteville: 15.3 km climb @ 4.7 % grade
Km 163: Montée de Tignes: 18.0 km climb @ 5.4 % grade, maximum grade 12.5%

The finish of the stage is at 2068 m elevation and part of the last climb at Montée de Tignes. There will be a new rider in the yellow jersey tomorrow afternoon.

Monday will be a rest day, so Stage 9 will resume Tuesday, with a 159.5 km race from Val-d’Isère to Briançon.

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