After roughly 15 kilometres on the flat the route begins to climb false flat, but the real uphill action opens after 50 kilometres. The Côtes de Rohan is the first part of a two-staged ascent, the Côtes de Saint-Agrève the second. There is only 2 kilometres in between. Both are roughly 5 kilometres long and climb at less than 5%.
The riders fly down to Le Cleylard before the longest climb of the day appears. The Col de Ézilhac is 11.6 kilometres long and averages 4.1%. The route does not descend or level out after the sprint for KOM points, but continues to climb until the intermediate sprint takes place on the volcanic mountain Le Gerbier de Jonc. This is, at 1,417 metres above sea level, the highest point of the stage.
The route continues on rolling terrain for 15 kilometres before descending towards the finale. Two short climbs mark the finale. The first one is not classified, the second one is. The Côtes de Rohan is 1.2 kilometres long and goes up at 5.9%.
There are 9 kilometres remaining at the top. A two-staged downhill leads onto a flat run-in to the finish of 4 kilometres.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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