Stage 12 Pau to PeyragudesJuly 6, 2017, 7:00 pm
Pro prediction: Simply put one for Chris Froome… something and everything for the GC but a nice one for the Palmares as he crests the 007 runway.
For mere mortals a stage that was a lions stage dressed in lions clothing; the saving grace from my perspective being a fairly flat (it’s all relative) and quick first 100km with the climbing starting after that Col de Ares a gentle introduction; Cold de Mente less so…. and into Port de Bales….. there are often km signs on the climb giving you the average gradient for the next km; on Port de Bales… you would get a sign for 5% gradient and the road would go to 1 or 2% and you would immediately know you were in for a 12/13% section… so much for averages….. and then finally up the climb to Col de Peyragudes… the quick descent and the final climb up to the ski station…. the scenery is stunning; the mountains they invite you in…. relatively I was an early finisher but a 12.5 hour including stops made for a long demanding time….
But still the scenery; the majesty of the mountains-snow covered in places wins out….
- July 6, 2017, 7:00 pm
- Category: michael