July 13, 2005
Stage 11 Profile
The Tour de France tackles three of its legendary climbs in a single stage today: the hors categorie Col de la Madeleine, the 1st Category Col du Telegraphe, and the hors categorie Col du Galibier, the highest point of the 2005 Tour.
After the Galibier, there's a 40 kilometer descent to Briançon.
From a pure energy expended standpoint, this is a harder stage than yesterday's, and there have got to be some tired buckaroos in the peloton. Look for one or more of the pre-Tour favorites to have surprisingly large time losses.
Discovery is likely to spend the whole day dictating the race's terms; we'll see if anybody wants to go off the front after the display yesterday.
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