I just cannot understand how people here seem to be so indifferent about where that stage finishes. If it's pont d'espagne it's the first major gc battle of the Tour. If it's in Cautarets itself it's a breakaway stage with 0 gc implications. How is a forum complaining about literally anything not complaining about that? I mean yeah, the local authorities might not make the pont d'espagne finish possible, but the finish in Cautarets is a rubbish design nontheless.
I think you misunderstand the fact that Pont d'espagne or Cambasque don't differ so much. Yes a finish in Caurteret itself is different. But from there you can go to the right (Cambasque) or go to the left (Pont d'Espagne). The latter is slightly more difficult. But the biggest difference between Pont d'Espange and Cambasque is esthetical. They are not going to finish in Cauteret.