In 2011, the Mûr-de-Bretagne made its first appearance on La Grande Boucle with Cadel Evans narrowly besting Alberto Contador. Four years later Alexis Vuillermoz attacked on the steep first part of the Mûr and soloed to victory. He crossed the line 5 seconds ahead of Dan Martin, while Alejandro Valverde won the group sprint 10 seconds down on the stage winner.
A finish on the Mûr-de-Bretagne accounts for a 2 kilometres closing climb with an average slope of 6.9%. The first kilometre is toughest as it is averaging almost 10%. This edition, the Mûr will be extra tough as the finale climbs the punchy hill twice. The first passage is 16 kilometres from the finish back at the summit. Straight after the descent it goes back up again to the village Saint-Mayeux, which is an 1.2 kilometre climb at 6%. Atop there are 12.5 kilometres left, mostly on gentle descent. Just before tackling the closing climb the riders face a 500 metres section at 3.5% to the village Mûr-de-Bretagne.
It’s been ten years since the Tour de France last visited Brest. In 2008, the Breton city was the scene of the Grand Départ – stage to Plumelec, Alejandro Valverde win -, while that edition was ultimately won by Carlos Sastre.
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