Stage 6: Clermont Ferrand - Prat du Bouc, 202 km
Even though stage 2 and 4 were tough stages with either hilltop finish or a tough hill close to the stage finish, todays stage will probably be the first real test between the GC contenders. The stage has 10 categorized climbs and 7 of these are in the last 75 km. There are 5 cat.2 climbs and 5 cat.3 climbs.
The first selection will probably come with 55-65 km left, with the two-step climb to Col de Neronne and Pas de Peyrol. Peyrol is the highest pass in the Massif Central. After a long descent from Peyrol, the riders left in the peloton will head straight into the short but steep Col de Perthus. The riders continue over Col de Cére and a 13 km long downhill/flat section before the last two climbs of the day. Col de la Moléde has an average gradient of about 6,4 %, but the last 3 km is 9-10 %. This would be the perfect place to attack and gain some time before a short 3 km descent and the last 5 km to the stage finish in Prat du Bouc just below Plomb du Cantal, the highest mountain in Massif Central.
34 km: Puy de Montenard: 15,6 km, 3,4 %, cat 2.
49 km: St.Victor de Riviere: 3,4 km, 5,2 %, cat 3
95 km: St.Amandin: 2,6 km, 7,7 %, cat 3
126 km: Col d'Aulac: 7,8 km, 3,4 %, cat 3
137 km: Col de Neronne: 3,8 km, 8,4 %, cat 3
147 km: Pas de Peyrol: 5 km, 7,5 %, cat 2
163 km: Col de Perthus: 4 km, 9 %, cat 2
175 km: Col de Cére: 5,2 km, 5,1 %, cat 3
194 km: Col de la Moledé, 5,8 km, 6,4 %, cat 2
202 km: Prat du Bouc: 4,7 km, 6 %, cat 2