It’s been seven years since Le Tour last visited the skit resort in the shadow of Mont Blanc. The finish climb kicks in hard after moving through Saint-Gervais. The first kilometres goes up an unforgiving 12.9% before the route continues to climb at double digits for 1.7 kilometres. In fact this section is called the Côte de Amerands. The route then levels out for a bit, only to continue vertical again for 7.2 kilometres at 7.7%.
The stage winner in Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc succeeds Thierry Claveyrolat (1990), Rolf Jaermann (1992), and Romain Bardet (2016). The Frechman attacked seven years ago from the lead group with 3 kilometres to go. In rainy conditions, he soloed to triumph and the second place on GC behind Chris Froome. Which was – two days later – also his spot on the final podium.
The route of the 15th Tour de France stage goes either up or down during the entire day, with the expection of the first 30 kilometres. Four climbs stand out. The Col de la Forclaz de Montmin (7.2 kilometres at 7.3%), Col de la Croix Fry (11.3 kilometres at 7%) and its extension Col des Aravis), and, obviously, the climb to the line.
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Tour de France 2023 stage 15: route, profiles, more
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