Tour de France 2017 Favourites stage 15: Attackers with climbing legs and descending skills

Philippe Gilbert - Tour de France 2017 Favourites stage 15: Attackers with descending skills 2.0The 15th stage of the Tour de France runs through the rugged landscape of the Massif. Attackers will be eyeing this ride from Laissac-Sévérac l'Église to Le Puy-en-Velay. (Slideshow route/profile)

Stage 15 in the Tour de France takes in four intermediate KOM climbs – two shortly after the start, two close to the finish. The route is not flat in between either. The finale is ushered in with 40 kilometres remaining when the riders tackle the Col de Peyra Taillade, a 8.3 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 7.4% and a steepest sector of 14%. A long descent plunges down to an 1.9 kilometre hill at 6.8% before riders with descending abilities can take their chances in the last 13 kilometres. This section runs mostly downhill.

The route is too hard for sprinters, while it is too easy for GC contenders to make a difference. So we can expect the race to come down to a battle of attackers.

Favourites 15th stage 2017 Tour de France

*** Jarlinson Pantano, Lilian Calmejane, Tony Gallopin, Philippe Gilbert, Stephen Cummings, Primoz Roglic
** Bauke Mollema, Greg Van Avermaet, Thomas De Gendt, Diego Ulissi, Jan Bakelants
* Tony Martin, Pierre Rolland, Pierre Latour, Alessandro De Marchi

Tour de France 2017 stage 15: Route maps, height profiles, and more

Click on the images to zoom


Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles
Riders - Tour de France 2017 Withdrawals - Tour de France 2017 Favourites - Tour de France 2017 stage 20: Start times ITT - Tour de France 2017 stage 1: Start times ITT - Tour de France 2017 GC Favourites - Tour de France 2017 Fantasy Tour de France: at least 31,000 euro in prizes!
More articles
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!