An epic day in the high Alps that sees the race head over the Col du Télégraphe to Valloire, before heading up the legendary Col du Galibier. The race then descends down to the base of the Col du Granon before tackling its brutal gradients to the line.
None of the contenders for the yellow jersey can afford a slip-up today. The climbs are tightly packed, starting with the Montvernier hairpins, then continuing with the crossing of the Télégraphe and Galibier passes. After passing through Serre-Chevalier, 10 kilometres of climbing at an average of more than 9% remain to reach the 2,413-metre Col du Granon, which was the Tour’s highest finishing point for 25 years.