Tour de France 2023 Dialogue Stage 6 -spoilers. Profile, end

Stage 6. Tourmalet! And, Col d’Aspin.
That is an 86 mile mountain stage, with 3 ascents. End just isn’t at prime of Tourmalet however on the prime of the third ascent, after passing by Cauterets.

Inexperienced factors are a couple of third of the way in which alongside, after which quickly after begins ascent of Col d’Aspin, ascending 800 m throughout 7 miles. About 6.5% grade.

The climb up Tourmalet begins proper after the descent. Ascending 1200m in about 10 miles, at 7.3% grade – an actual defining problem. After a prolonged descent, the ultimate climb begins instantly. After a collection of switchbacks, the ultimate few miles are very straight.

There definitely is the danger, or alternative, {that a} GC contender tries to get a lead.

Tourmalet is formidable, however with the lengthy descent after its summit, and yet one more difficult climb, Tourmalet could not play such a giant position as when it’s the ending level.

Some years, the GC contenders mark one another all the way in which to the ultimate mountain stage. Some years, this contest open up early, and the chief has to defend for the remainder of July. A giant time hole right here may seal the deal. We’ll see.

Since Le Tour started in Spain, we get into the Pyrenees instantly; we aren’t used to seeing these climbs till later in July.

A assessment of the ultimate week exhibits that it isn’t as heavy as typical on the key mountain climbs.

The penultimate stage is ughh – lee. However, essentially the most extreme climb contains solely 700 meters of ascent. [at 8%!!]

So, we wouldn’t have a showpiece Tourmalet or Alp D’Huez for the ultimate mountain stage. This can be a bit totally different for Le Tour. Additionally, we wouldn’t have two back-to-back widow-maker mountain days on the remaining week – the key mountain climb earlier than Stage 20 is Stage 17.

So, the widow-maker, or possibly I ought to say King-Maker, levels are right here however fairly unfold out.

I’m not positive how this can have an effect on technique for general GC contenders (besides I say TP is merely taking part in with a bunch of wannabe’s and he do not care what the course appears like). We’ll see the way it impacts all.

It retains Cav from having to do two back-to-back main Alp climbs, for what that’s price.