The last Tour de France stage finish in Morzine happened seven editions ago. Back then, the riders descended the Col de Joux-Plane in rainy conditions. Jarlinson Pantano, Vincenzo Nibali and Ion Izagirre crested the climb in first position – all three good descenders -, while Izagirre best navigated the conditions to celebrate in Morzine, 19 seconds ahead of Pantano with Nibali another 23 seconds further in arrears.
Let’s hope for better conditions this year. The finale is carbon copy of seven years ago. In fact, the last 65 kilometres are the same.
The 14th features four KOM climbs and a series of hills that will, obviously, add to the fatigue. The Col de Cou (7 kilometres at 7.4%) and Col du Feu (5.8 kilometres at 7.8%) are included in the first half of the race before the riders enter the 2016 parcours and continue onto the Col de la Ramaz. This is a 13.9 kilometres climb at 7.1%.
Following 10 kilometres in the valley the Joux Plane appears. The 11.6 kilometres climb at 8.5% peaks out at 1,691 metres. After a few kilometres at altitude the descent leads into Morzine. The last few hundred metres are a false flat uphill to the line.
It will be the 16th time that the Tour de France finishes in Morzine. The winner not only succeeds Izagirre, but also Pantani (1997), Virenque (2000, 2003) and Sastre (2006).
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