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Tour de France 2009: Stage 13 

July 17th: Vittel to Colmar, 200km

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 2 Jun 2009 5:56:46 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 125.45 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 21178 ft
Total Loss: 21640 ft
Net Change: -463 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: France, Tour de France 2009, Vittel
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Stage 13 to Colmar presents the peloton with a tricky challenge: it has the make-up of a minor day in the mountains, but the spacing of the final climbs (including a fast, 21-kilometer descent to the finish) may present a chance for a shakeup in the overall standings.

An early break has a decent chance of staying away on this stage, and if the peloton misjudges its efforts, don’t be surprised to see a lesser known rider seize the yellow jersey. The 5.3-mile, 7-percent grade up Col du Plazerweisel may dislodge some of the race favorites: if so, hold on tight for a thrilling finish to the day. If anyone is gapped at the top of Plazerweisel, they’ll have to take some chances on the descent to catch back on before the final climbs of the day. Don’t be surprised to see Astana hold back riders from the breakaway should a Contador-like rider unleash an attack on Plazerweisel and need assistance on the run-in to the finish. Stage 14 is a transition day that offers a chance for recovery, so a GC contender taking a swing for the fences is entirely likely on this stage.

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 13

Distance: 125.45 mi Points: 2727
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: Vittel

Location: 48.202310, 5.946565

Sprint Point: Xertigny

Location: 48.045095, 6.403914

Cat 3 Climb: Côte de Xertigny

Location: 48.031408, 6.418848
2.0km (1.24 mi) at a 5.3% grade

Sprint Point: Gérardmer

Location: 48.073491, 6.876240

Cat 2 Climb: Col de la Schlucht

Location: 48.063827, 7.022839
8.9km (5.5 mi) at a 4.2% grade.

Sprint Point: Luttenbach

Location: 48.034335, 7.114978

Cat 1 Climb: Col du Platzerwasel

Location: 47.969123, 7.043395
8.7km (5.4 mi) at a 7.6% grade.

Cat 3 Climb: Col du Bannstein

Location: 47.954927, 7.194715
2.1km (1.3 mi) at a 5.1% grade.

Cat 2 Climb: Col du Firstplan

Location: 47.999342, 7.185102
8.4km (5.2 mi) at a 5.4% grade.

Finish: Colmar

Location: 48.074588, 7.350444
Avenue de la Republique

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