Tour de France 2014: Stage 15 - A lot of downhill

BanonSunday, July 20th - The 15th stage travels from Tallard to Nimes, a route of 222 kilometres. The highest point of the stage is at 764 metres and it's a nice day for riders as a huge amount of the stage goes gently downhill. (Slideshow route/profile)

While the previous stage was one for the climbers, this is one for the downhill experts. The start is at 612 metres and the finish at 46 metres above sea level.

From the start, the first 45 kilometres go (slightly) downhill. From Les Bons Enfants, the road rises for about 15 kilometres to St Etienne les Orgues, which is at 712 metres. After a 6 kilometre (slight) decrease to La Pourcine, the riders face a 16 kilometres long false flat to Banon, the highest point of the day at 764 metres.

For the remaining 129 kilometeres the road drops 700 metres with a few bumps in the border region of Hautes-Alpes and Languedoc-Roussillon.

The last kilometres are pancake flat -so expect a very fast stage with a frenetic finale.

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