3 STAGES TO WATCH

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STAGE 12 Pau / Peyragudes July 13

If you en­joy watch­ing pro ath­letes suf­fer, then this 214km slog through the Pyre­nees will fit the bill nicely. The fi­nal climb to the fin­ish line hits grades of 16%. That’s death to lac­tic-filled quads.

STAGE 17 La Mure / Serre-cheva­lier July 19

This 183km stage in­cludes the no­to­ri­ous climb up the 2645m Col du Gal­i­bier. Ac­cord­ing to Tour de France founder Henri Des­grange, all other climbs are “gnat’s piss” com­pared to Gal­i­bier. He wasn’t jok­ing.

STAGE 20 Mar­seille July 22

A 22.5km in­di­vid­ual time trial on the penul­ti­mate day of the Tour? C’est mag­nifique! If the hunt for the yel­low jer­sey’s still on, it will be de­cided on the cob­bled roads of this an­cient port city.

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