If your mission is to tick items from your bucket list, why not add two more today - Hautacam and Luz Ardiden.
Hautacam, a bonus climb and the summit finish
We have many ride options for you today. The hardest task for you may be choosing which one. As we’ve had a number of days climbing and more to come, you may have a day off the bike or an easy ride along the bike path with a visit to Lourdes and its Grotto. You can return to our hotel in time to see the race pass through.
If your mission is to tick items from your bucket list, why not add two more today. They may be the shorter climbs in the Pyrenees; the jury is out on whether they’re any easier. I’d suggest not. Leaving from our hotel, we will make our way up the Hautacam in the cool of the morning. Go a further kilometre and a stunning view welcomes you at Col de Tramassel. Descend back to the valley and join onto today’s race route toward Luz Saint-Sauveur. From here you can grab some lunch before going towards the summit finish to watch the race. Alternatively, add the bonus climb to Luz Ardiden ski station to your palmarès.
Once the race has passed through, its all downhill back to our hotel for our final night in the Pyrenees. We’ll come back together for dinner as we look forward to our next few days on tour.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 14: Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges, Mountain, 117 km
There is little time for riders to prepare for the two tough climbs of today’s stage. Our focus will be on the mountain specialists as they sore up the ascents of Col du Soulor and Col du Tourmalet. It is only the second time a stage has finished at the summit of this ascent of the Tourmalet. The previous stage winner was Andy Schleck over Alberto Contador in one of the greatest battles.