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Date: Friday, July 14
Distance: 101km (62.7mi)
One of the shortest stages in recent Tour memory, Stage 13 presents teams with a perfect opportunity to go on the attack from the outset. Featuring three difficult Category 1 climbs along the way and a long downhill finish, those who have anything left in their legs from the previous day’s difficult stage are sure to capitalise with the potential of huge time gaps to be opened over this short stage. With such a fast and quick stage expected, the time gap could be a real threat to the sprinters still left in the race who hope of winning in Paris.
Christian Prudhomme, race director: “Precisely 100. In terms of kilometres, never has such a short format been on the menu of the Tour since half stages disappeared. It’ll be a total contrast compared to what the riders witnessed on the previous day but the terrain will be just as favourable for, I hope, audacious initiatives. Dynamism linked to distance will be joined by a degree of difficulty in the climbs: the Col de Latrape followed by the Col d’Agnes and finally the Mur de Péguère and its gradients that can reach 18%.”
Fabio Aru, Astana: “I don’t want to think of tomorrow because I know since I looked at the route that this is a very dangerous stage. We know from previous stage races that short stages can make some serious damage.”