The parcours is not unlike the climbing ITT from de 2016 Tour de France. That race went from Sallanches to Megève and took in the Côte de Domancy before moving through Combloux on the way to the finish line.
In fact, this year’s course features an extra section at the beginning, while the part from Combloux to Megève has been removed.
After setting off from Passy the riders tackle the Côte de Soudans – 1.3 kilometres at 8.8% – in the first 3.4 kilometres. A gradual downhill takes them onto a flat section from Sallanches to Domancy. That’s where the Côte de Domancy kicks in. The 2.5 kilometres climb at 9.4% continues for 3.5 kilometres at 5% to the line in Combloux.
Seven years ago the road ascended for 4.5 more kilometres before the ITT finished on descent with a Chris Froome victory.
There are three intermediate time checks – at kilometre 7.1, at kilometre 16.1 and at kilometre 18.9.
The Côte de Domancy last featured in the 2021 Tour de France. It was the first climb in an alpine stage to Tignes, where Ben O’Connor rounded out a 17 kilometres solo with a commanding stage triumph.
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