The culinary tradition of Lyon – Capital of Gastronomy – is dense with aromas and taste. Similarly, the menu that the Tour de France serves en route to Lyon is expected to be dense with action. Breakaway specialists will be eyeing this one, but strong sprinters could have it their way also.
The race kicks off in Clermont-Ferrand and takes in the Monts du Forez and Col du Béal in the early stages. The finale is played out within Lyon’s urban area. With roughly 15 kilometres to go the riders tackle the Côte de la Duchère: 1.6 kilometres at 4.1% with the first half toughest at 6.8%. The route continues over the Montée de l’Observance – 500 metres at 10% – before cresting the Côte de la Croix-Rousse – 1.8 kilometres at 4.5% – with 5 kilometres remaining.
The Tour de France served a similar – although not exactly the same – finale in 2013. Matteo Trentin brought the breakaway home by winning the sprint ahead of Michael Albasini and Andrew Talansky.