The last decade saw three Tour de France stage finishes in Gap. On all occasions an attacker turned out on top. Rui Costa (2013), Ruben Plaza (2015), Matteo Trentin (2019) – they all won with a solo. Yuri Trofimov also soloed to victory in Gap during the the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.
In all instances the route was different from stage 6, but still, chances are that an attacker will take the spoils. After a flat run-up the climbing starts on the Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans. It’s a 2 kilometres ascent at 4.4% that continues, almost without respite, onto the Côte des Grands Goulets. Which offers 5.8 kilometres of the same.
The Côte des Grands Goulets does not precede a descent either. Almost 20 kilometres of false flat later the Col de Rousset begins. The 6.6 kilometres climb at 5% peaks out at 1,233 metres, which is the highest point of the day.
A 20 kilometres downhill takes the riders into the valley of the Drôme river and 35 kilometres of false flat later the Col de Cabre appears. This is a 9.1 kilometres climb at 4.6% with the summit almost 50 kilometres before the finish in Gap.
The Col de Cabre is the last KOM climb of the day. The route descends to a rolling false flat towards La Freissinouse. The riders move through the town with 17 kilometres to go. This is mainly a descent with midway a 3.5 kilometres climb at moderate gradients.
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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