Lorient hosted the Tour de France many times. The last arrival was in 2006, with Sylvain Calzati taking the honours, while the last start was in 2011, when the stage ran to the Mûr-de-Bretagne and Cadel Evans won the race.
After leaving the town and seaport of Lorient the riders race along the coast to the northwest. The route is all but flat and they ride from one hill to the next. The climbs are short and sharp and all the more gruelling. The steepest slope is Côte de Kaliforn – 1.7 kilometre at 7.1% -, while the Côte de Menez Quelerc’h is the longest climb of the day: 3 kilometres an averaging 6.2%.
In arrival town Quimper the riders stumble upon one last climb to the line.
The last time the Tour de France finished in Quimper was in 2004 when Thor Hushovd powered to the win, outsprinting the pack by bike lengths on the uphill arrival.
Tour de France 2018 stage 5: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Profile final 98 km 5th stage
Climb details Côte de Menez Quelerc’h
Lorient and Quimper at Google maps