Following a gently undulating opening of the race – with the unclassified Col de Bac standing out: 3.6 kilometres at 4.7% – the real uphill action begins after 85 kilometres. The Col de Montségur is 4.2 kilometres long and averages 8.6%.
De Montségur climb marks the start of the more lumpy part of the race. After a long descent the next climb opens just after Bélesta. The Col de la Croix des Morts serves 6.8 kilometres of climbing at 5.8%.
No descent after the distribution of KOM points, instead the route continues on a plateau for 9 kilometres and shortly after Espeze a short drop is followed by and even shorter ascent. The Côte de Galinagues climbs 1.5 kilometres at 6%, but it’s not classified.
A little later – with still 52 kilometres remaining – the riders fly down another long downhill before they tackle the Col du Campérie: 3.3 kilometers at 4%, and also non-classified. The route then descends further until the Col de Saint Louis is expected to have a major impact on the attackers. The climb is 4.7 kilometres long and averages 7.4%.
The summit of the Saint Louis Pass is 17 kilometres away from the finish line in Quillan. Most of it goes downhill.
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