July 19, 2005
Stage 16 profile
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It's the 2005 Tour's final day in the Pyrenees, with two big climbs, the 1st Category Col de Marie-Blanque and the HC Col d'Aubisque. They'll top out on the Col d'Aubisque at 198.5 kilometers, then have more than 70 mostly downhill kilometers to the finish in Pau.
Tactically, it's a wide open stage. A strong breakaway has a chance, or we may see a field sprint among strong riders. That could provide a bit of a shakeup in the green jersey competition, since Robbie McEwen usually spends the hard stages in the back of the field, where Thor Hushovd and Stuart O'Grady are better climbers, and often survive in a stronger group. There are two intermediate sprints, one on the way down into Pau.