Tour de France 2021 Route stage 7: Vierzon - Le Creusot
Friday 2 July - At 248 kilometres, the 7th stage is the longest of this edition. It's even the longest Tour de France stage of the last twenty years. Attackers are likely to have it their way.
The Tour de France never visited Vierzon before. The riders clip into their pedals in the town of 26,000 ‘Vierzonnais’ for a long day in the saddle. The route predominantly traverses undulating terrain.
The most demanding section appears after 225 kilometres and takes the shape of Signal d’Uchon, which is an ascent in the Morvan, never before featured in the Tour de France. It’s a 5.7 kilometres climb at 5.7%, but a better way to describe it that it’s two separate hurdles. The first half goes up at approximately 6% before a flat section, even a short descent, makes way for the other face of the Signal d’Uchon. Almost 1 kilometre rises at 9.4% before 1 kilometre at 13.1% takes the riders to the summit. Still 18 kilometres to go at this point.
The Tour de France finished two times before in Le Creusot. On both occasions the industrial town was the end point of a time trial. Jan Ullrich took the spoils in 1998, Serhiy Honchar in 2006.
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