Half of the dust roads are situated in the first 145 kilometres, which is the hilly part of the route. All in all, the riders face 32 kilometres on gravel, while the elevation gain adds up to roughly 2,000 metres.
The first dust road appears after 47 kilometres and it’s followed by the first climb, Côte de Bergères (1.7 kilometres at 5.2%). The second gravel sector also coincides with a hill, Côte de Baroville, 2.8 kilometres long and averaging 4.8%.
The riders enter the hardest part of the route after 95 kilometres in the saddle. Within 36 kilometres they face four sectors of gravel and three hills. The section opens with a 1.5 kilometres climb at 5.2% with a dust road in its wake. The two succeeding gravel roads both run uphill, respectively 2.2 kilometres at 5% and 3 kilometres at 4.3%. Another white road, which is not entirely flat either, rounds out this part of the race.
There are still some 70 kilometres remaining at this point. Via two gravel roads in 20 kilometres the riders continue onto five flat gravel sections within 18 kilometres. The last unpaved road then appears 10 kilometres before the line.
Troyes hosted the Tour de France sixteen times before. The last time was in 2017, when stage 6 finished and stage 7 started in the town on the banks of the river Seine. Marcel Kittel is the last stage winner in Troyes.
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