The profile of the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2023. ASO
The day after a rest day is rarely a cakewalk. Some riders lacking in rhythm could be surprised during this tenth stage of the Tour de France 2023, Tuesday July 11, between Vulcania and Issoire, in the Puy-de-Dôme department. The profile is particularly rugged, with no less than five climbs listed over the 167 kilometers of the route.
The day will start with a bang since the summit of the first ascent, the Col de la Moréno (4.8 kilometers at 4.7%, 3rd category), is placed only seven kilometers after the actual start. It will be necessary to continue immediately with the second difficulty, the Col de Guéry (7.8 km at 5%, 3rd category), twenty terminals later.
A route that is all the more difficult as the stage seems cut out for a victorious escapade at the front. “Places will be expensive to join the breakaway. However, the crossing of the Puys chain will take care of selecting the most robust fighters »confirmed Christian Prudhomme, the event director, before the big start.
For the anecdote, the only stage finish on the Tour de France judged in Issoire, in 1983, had been won by the Frenchman Pierre Le Bigaut after a long-distance breakaway. Repeated twice?