Date: Sunday, July 16
Start: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église
Finish: Le Puy-en-Velay
Distance: 189.5km (117.7mi)
An interesting stage with a complicated profile, it is unclear how the peloton will race Stage 15. It’s possibly a day for the breakaway to survive, with rolling hills all day including a two Category 1 climbs that could even spark the general classification contenders into action as they hope to gain a few valuable seconds on the line. There may just be two battles, one for the stage win and one between those fighting for yellow, if the GC teams allow it to go that way. A large percentage of the race is also spent at an altitude of over 1000 metres which could impact the race even further if one of the overall contenders is on a bad day. Either way, it is sure to be an interesting battle within the peloton.
Christian Prudhomme, race director: “Hard to tell in what state or shape the peloton will be at the end of this stage. It won’t be mountains but the journey through the Aubrac Plateau will be covered at an altitude of over 1000 metres during around fifty kilometres. Further away, the climb up to the Col de Peyra Taillade has gradients of 14% at some places. And that could certainly offer surprises when comes the time for a verdict in Le Puy-en-Velay.”