Before the GC riders will battle it out in two stages with an uphill finish in the Pyrenees, the peloton will have a slightly easier mountain stage after the rest day with a relatively flat finish. Another ideal ride for the attackers.
The ride goes from Pas de la Case to Saint-Gaudens over 169 kilometers. After the start, it’s 35 kilometers downhill, followed by two second category climbs with a first category climb in between. The Col de la Port is 11 kilometers long and the Col de la Core is 13 kilometers. The Col de Portet-d’Aspet is only 5 kilometers long, but it is steeper. It is the mountain that is inextricably linked to the Italian Fabio Casartelli, who died in 1995 after a fall on the descent of the Portet-d’Aspet. After the descent there is another climb of the fourth category, before the riders arrive in Saint-Gaudens.
Slovenian Tadej Pogacar will start after the rest day at 1.05 pm with a lead of more than 5 minutes on Colombian Rigoberto Urán in yellow. The green jersey is on the shoulders of Briton Mark Cavendish and Wout Poels defends the polka dot jersey. The first rider is expected around 5.30 pm.