Tour de France 2020 Route stage 13: Châtel-Guyon - Puy Mary

Tour de France 2020Friday 11 September - The 13th stage on the Tour de France is a tough test with an elevation gain of 4,400 metres. The riders traverse deep into the mountainous heart of the Massif Central. Amounting to 191 kilometres, the race leads from Châtel-Guyon to a summit finish on Puy Mary.

The riders click into their pedals in Châtel-Guyon. The Tour never before visited the town with 6,000 inhabitants in the Puy-de-Dôme department.

Pilots who like to race on flat roads have to savour the first 5 kilometres, as the rest of the route goes either up or down. The first proper uphill test takes the shape of the Col de Ceyssat, an ascent of 11.8 kilometres at 5.9% with its crest after 35.5 kilometres. The route continues on hilly terrain for the rest of the day. Sometimes the uphills are awarded with a KOM-classification, sometimes not.

The Côte de la Stèle is 7.1 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 5.5%. The summit is crested at kilometre 85 before the race continues in similar fashion – up, down, up, down, up, down -, although the last 15 kilometres are even more challenging.

Firstly, the 3.8 kilometres uphill on the Col de Neronne. The average gradient of 9.1% features quite some double digit stretches. The riders reach the summit – where 8, 5 and 2 bonus seconds are to be gained – and continue onto a plateau of 4 kilometres long before a 2 kilometres drop down to the foot of the final haul up.

The unprecedented Puy Mary – or, Pas de Peyrol – is a climb of 5.4 kilometres at 8.1% with the last 2.4 kilometres double digit material. The Puy Mary is an extinct volcano of roughly 6.5 millions years old, surrounded by even more extinct volcanoes of the Auvergne region. The finish lies at an elevation of 1,589 metres.

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