Monday, July 20, 2009

Rest Day (TDF 09)

We'll have to wait a day to see Astana's Alberto Contador ride in yellow as Monday is a rest day in the Tour. Stage 16 picks up Tuesday back in Switzerland and goes through part of Italy before heading back into France to finish off the day.

Stage 16 also brings the peloton through the Grand-Saint-Bernard Pass, which has been absent from the Tour for 43 years. The Grand pass, a 30km, 2,469-feet high, hors categorie climb, is the first of the day and should prove a challenge to riders.

The second climb, the aptly named Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard is labeled a category 1 and comes almost immediately after the peloton finishes the descent from the Petit's big brother.

The legs should be hurting tomorrow.

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