Aigle is home base to the UCI. The Tour de Romandie is a regular visitor, but it’s a first for the Tour de France.
The first 33 kilometres of the race are played out on the flat before the riders enter the Côte de Bellevue. The 4.3 kilometres at 4% does not precede a downhill, but continues to climb false flat until kilometre 50. The riders then continue again on the flat.
The foot of the Col des Mosses appears around the halfway marker. The 13.3 kilometres climb at 4.1% antecedes the Col de la Croix. This is a 8.8 kilometres test at 7.6%.
The riders descend back to Aigle and after a section on the flat the Pas de Morgins looms. The 15.4 kilometres at 6.1% is expected to be decisive – or, at least, pre-decisive.
After cresting the Morgins the riders drop down to the base of the last climb. The finish lies at the gate of ski area Portes du Soleil at an elevation of 1,297 metres. To get there the riders climb 3.7 kilometres at 3.9%.
Le Tour finished once before in Châtel, although it has been awhile. Back in 1975, Lucien van Impe won the time trial from Morzine to Châtel ahead of Ole Ritter and Eddy Merckx.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
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