Oct 20, 2016 – After the stage 9 finish in Chambéry, on the northern edge of the Alps, the riders in the just-announced 2017 Tour de France will take chartered flights from the east to the west of central France for their first rest day in the Dordogne region. Next up is a hilly stage to Bergerac and a flat stage to Pau before reaching this Tour’s third mountain range: the Pyrénées.
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Stage 12 sees the second summit finish of the race, coming at the end of a classic 214-kilometer day that features the Col des Ares, Col de Menté, Port de Balès and Col de Peyresourde before the steep final 2.4-kilometer kick to Peyragudes—first used at the 2012 Tour, when Chris Froome had to wait repeatedly for Sky teammate and race leader Brad Wiggins, but still finished second on the stage, 19 seconds down on breakaway winner Alejandro Valverde.
This image, showing the main section of the Peyragudes climb, was shot at the 2013 Vuelta a España when stage 15 from Andorra was won in a breakaway by Frenchman Alexandre Geniez, three minutes ahead of race leaders Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Horner and Valverde. Next year, this final climb has been extended to finish on the runway of a high-altitude airfield that has a 16-percent grade for last 200 meters.