Tour de France 2020 Route stage 17: Grenoble - Col de la Loze
Wednesday 16 September - The 17th stage of the Tour de France travels to the unprecedented Col de la Loze in the mountains above Méribel. This 22.5 kilometres climb takes in sections at more than 20%. The race kicks into gear in Grenoble and amounts to 168 kilometres.
The final haul up begins in ski station Méribel. Until June the pass was not suited to carry the yellow caravan. The road was accessible until the airport at approximately 1,800 metres, but six newly paved kilometres allow the Tour de France to include the Col de la Loze all the way to the top at 2,304 metres.
De Col de la Loze is an ascent of 21.5 kilometres long. The slope mostly hovers around 7%, but kilometre 18 and 19 stand out with 11% gradients, plus this section features sections at over 20%. The last 2.5 kilometres before the finish are equally explosive with an average gradient of almost 10%.
Primoz Roglic is treated. Along the way to the finish line the riders can see the Ski-Jump from the 1992 Albertville at an elevation of roughly 1,300 metres.
The road to the finish climb is no walk in the park either. The Col de la Madeleine is among the intermediate ascents, which is a horror climb with the first 4 kilometres rising at over 10%. The Madeleine amounts to 17.1 kilometres and the average gradient sits at 8.4%.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
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