As the biggest website for cols and climbing worldwide, of course we’re very enthusiast about this Tour 2015. It is surely one of the most challenging Tours of the last years and it has everything in it; time trials, a team time trial, cobblestones and… not less than 8 finishes uphill.
Starting with the short but steep walls of Huy and Bretagne for the finishers, leading to 10 climbing stages out of 12 after the first rest day. Probably unseen in the history of the Tour. And what a rides.
Three top finishes, starting with a new col, the Col de Pierre-Saint-Martin, in the Pyrenees. It’s just the appetite for two classical Pyrenees rides over the Aspin, Tourmalet to Cauterets and over the Portet d’Aspet, Col de la Core, Port de Lers to finish up the Plateau de Beille.
Next, we cross the Massif Central with its own difficulties before reaching the Alps. After the second and last rest day, a splendid last week awaits us there, with four great climbing stages.
First, there is a finish on Pra-Loup after crossing the Col d’Allos. Next, it goes, over the Glandon to finish down in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne after a short climb over the Lacets (hairpins) de Montvernier, another scenery newcomer in the Tour de France. The third Alpine stage is a big one over the Col du Chaussy, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Mollard to La Toussuire. And the last one is the shortest, but most classical ride over the Télégraphe and Galibier up to Alpe d’Huez. It’s the day before we arrive in Paris…
What can a climbing fan expect more from the Tour? Well, maybe just that all the stars join the party and… stay on their bike this time.