The road kicks up from the start in Biescas. The town is located on El Portalet – or, Col du Pourtalet in French –, which is a 29 kilometres climb at 3.1%. The peak of the pass is the natural border between Spain and France.
Once the riders reach French soil the route goes downhill in the direction of Laruns. Also 29 kilometres long, but obviously done in a wink of an eye.
Just before Laruns the route turn right to tackle the Aubisque, a 16.6 kilometres climb at 7.2%. Four years ago this was the finish climb of stage 14 with robert Gesink taking the spoils.
The riders fly down another long descent into Argelès-Gazost and continue false flat to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, where the final haul up the Tourmalet kicks in.
The final climb amounts to 19 kilometres and the average gradient sit at of 7.4%, while its last kilometre slopes at 10.5%. This section also features the steepest ramp of 13.5%.
2019’s Tour de France tackled this side of the Tourmalet also as a finish climb. Thibaut Pinot won the stage in a close finish ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Steven Kruijswijk.
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