Limoux hosted the Tour twice, on both occasions as a departure place. In 2011 the race went to Montpellier, where Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory, while Luis León Sánchez won the Limoux-Foix stage in 2012.
Once again the riders go to Foix, although the route now continues to the foot of the Prat d’Albis for the final haul up on a narrow and twisting road. The climb amounts to 11,8 kilometres at 6.9%, although that statistic is biased. The first half of the Prat d’Albis is much tougher than the average suggests. The fourth kilometre goes up at 14.5% (average!) and the sixth at 11%.
Before tackling the ultimate climb the riders face the Col de Montségur, Port de Lers and the illustrious Mur de Péguère with its steepest ramps at 18%. That last climb is a monster of 9.3 kilometres at 7.9%, while the last 3.3 kilometres rise at almost 13%. The riders fly down a 15 kilometres descent to Foix and shortly the final haul up the Prat d’Albis appears.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line in the 15th stage of the 2019 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2019 stage 15: route map, height profiles, and more
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