UnknownTDF - Stage 13 - Côte d'Esquillot

Pau is centre for todays action. Photo by  Lee.S.T  . Licenced through  creative commons

Pau is centre for todays action. Photo by Lee.S.T . Licenced through creative commons

Two for one today with La Course for the Women and then the Stage 13 time trial for the men.

They both cover the same circuit which includes the tough little climb of the Côte d'Esquillot. This is a climb that has featured in a lot of stages over the years but is usually seen as inconsequential as those stages always feature climbs with names like Aubisque, Soulor and Tourmalet. Today it gets its place in the sun though and it will be a tough test in both La Course and Time Trial, at 7% av for 1 Km it may even swing the balance slightly to the climbers over the outright time trialists, meaning losses aren’t what they would have been.

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