The official route of the next Grand Loop will be unveiled this Tuesday, October 15 with Aigoual culminating in the region.
After a departure from Nice, where the peloton will stay for three days, the riders will set sail for the Pyrenees. It is in this first part of the race that the region will be impacted with, from the 6th stage, an arrival at the summit of Mount Aigoual, a first.
The Aigoual before Millau
The Col Gard was only climbed once in the history of the Tour. It was in 1987, during the stage and by the most rolling side (2nd category). And it was the Italian Silvano Contini (Del Tongo-Colnago) who was in the lead. This time, it will be at the end of a stage part of Teil (Ardeche) and, in all likelihood, by the Col de la Lusette (14.5 km at 6%), with its passages to 12.5% that cyclists from here know well and that could surprise in the first week!
The next day, the riders will start from Millau. Direction the Pyrenees, then the Atlantic facade and finally the Alps, via a diagonal La Rochelle – Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon.
The road will be long.