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Tour de France 2009: Stage 10 

July 14th: Limoges to Issoudun, 194.5km

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 2 Jun 2009 5:54:55 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 121.11 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 10259 ft
Total Loss: 10686 ft
Net Change: -427 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: France, Saint-Août, Tour de France 2009
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The day after a rest day is always a recipe for uncertainty in the peloton. Some riders will feel superhuman, others will feel like they left their legs in the Pyrenees. The frisky ones will look to take advantage of a groggy peloton early in the day and build a difficult-to-close gap over a trio of Cat 4 climbs clustered early on in the stage. If an opportunist like Saxo Bank’s Jens Voight makes the break, the sprinters may be denied a field sprint. Otherwise, look for Columbia to bring it all back together on the flat/slightly downhill run-in to Issoudun to set-up their man Mark Cavendish.

The other big wild card in this stage will be the motivation of French teams on Bastille Day (the French independence holiday). French riders are always super motivated on a day like this (no matter what the terrain is like), so expect to see riders like David Moncutie, Sébastien Hinault, and Thomas Voeckler representing Cofidis, Ag2r, and Bouyges Telecom in the breakaway.

Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by Actual stage may vary slightly.

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 | Stage 8 | Stage 9 | Stage 10 | Stage 11 | Stage 12 | Stage 13 | Stage 14 | Stage 15 | Stage 16 | Stage 17 | Stage 18 | Stage 19 | Stage 20 | Stage 21


3D STAGE MAP: Fly over the Tour de France's steep climbs, windy roads, and sprint finishes in this interactive Google Earth map.  

Position Format: Datum:

Tour de France 2009: Stage 10

Distance: 121.11 mi Points: 1864
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Start: Limoges

Location: 45.828022, 1.261196

Cat 4 Climb: Côte de Salvanet

Location: 45.895056, 1.410499
1.8km (1.1 mi) at a 4.5% grade.

Cat 4 Climb: Côte de Saint-Laurent-les-Eglises

Location: 45.949568, 1.499291
2.0km (1.24 mi) at a 5.3% grade.

Sprint Point: Lauriere

Location: 46.076773, 1.477361

Cat 4 Climb: Côte de Bénévent-l'Abbaye

Location: 46.111504, 1.616020
1.8km (1.05 mi) at a 3.4% grade.

Sprint Point: Aigurande

Location: 46.433066, 1.829739

Sprint Point: Saint-Auot

Location: 46.730949, 1.965737

Finish: Issoudun

Location: 46.948739, 1.996765
Boulevard Roosevelt

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