After a short descent from Saint Etienne, the riders soon begin to climb the Col de la Croix de Mont Vieux, a category-3 hill of 4.1%. In 2008, the Tour riders came here in the 18th stage when they arrived via Saint-Paul-en-Jarez.
A lot of up and down follows but nothing categorised until later in the stage.
Col de Palaquit
The col is a Tour rookie at 1.154 metres. The climb is 14.1 kilometres long, good enough for category-1. The average increase of 6.1% actually doesn’t say anything lot since the climb consists of three sections. The first 3 kilometres are 7.6%, with the last 8 at 7.3%. The middle section provides a bit of a breather for riders.
The first official hors catégorie climb of the Tour de France 2014. 7.3% with the only respite coming at the very top.
In 2001,a time-trial finished here. Lance Armstrong took the stage that day although all his results have since been removed of course.
Tour de France 2014 stage 13: Images and more
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