After leaving Laissac Sévérac l’Église the riders head for the Massif Central. After some 20 kilometres the Montée de Naves d’Aubrac looms, an 8.9 kilometres climb at 6.4%, before an 8 kilometrs section on a plateau travels to the modest Côte de Vieurals, which is 3.3 kilometres at 5.9%.
After almost 100 kilometres on rolling roads the finale is ushered in by a drop. For starters a flat section of about 10 kilometres and then the riders hit the toughest climb of the day. The Col de Peyra Taillade is an 8.3 kilometres ascent at 7.4%. The first 4 kilometres are doable with an average gradient of 6%. But then the ramps go of up to 14% before the climb flattens out in the last kilometres.
The pass lies at an elevation of 1,190 metres and after cresting the route travels steadily down, with two minor hick-ups – Côte de Saint-Vidal and a small uphill section in Polignac. That last hill is on the menu with 5 kilometres to go, while Saint-Vidal is a KOM climb of 1.9 kilometres at 6.8%.
Today it’s the fourth time the Tour de France arrives in Le Puy-en-Velay. The victor will step in the shoes of Giuseppe Guerini (2005), Pascal Richard (1996) and Dominique Forlini (1954).
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Tour de France 2017 stage 15: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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