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

The 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

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