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Tour de France 2009: Stage 16 

July 21st: Martigny to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, 159km

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 2 Jun 2009 6:00:02 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Switzerland (CHE)
Distance: 99.42 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 34321 ft
Total Loss: 33179 ft
Net Change: 1142 ft
Difficulty: 9 / 10
Tags: Martigny, Switzerland, Tour de France 2009
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Two massive climbs await the peloton on Stage 16: the HC climb over Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard and the Category 1 Petit-Saint-Bernard. Both of these Alpine challenges are more long than they are steep. The real drama of the day will happen on the way down the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard. After the final climb, the route practically dives off a cliff, dropping 4,000 feet in the final 18 miles. Near the bottom of the descent, riders will navigate no less than 19 harrowing switchbacks at full speed. Don’t be surprised to see Astana’s Yaroslav Popovych try to make it in an early move on this stage: if he gets to the top of the final climb at the front of the race, it’s a good chance that the daredevil rider will finish there at the bottom. Amongst the favorites, some tactics may be at play over the top of the final climb: Saxo Bank, in particular has an interesting card to play with its super-start Schleck brothers. If one of them takes a flier on the way down the climb, rival GC contenders will have to decide how much they want to risk trying to catch him.

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 16

Distance: 99.42 mi Points: 2598
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: Martigny

Location: 46.102281, 7.074680

HC Climb: Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard

Location: 45.868856, 7.170596
24.4km (15.1 mi) at a 6.2% grade.

Sprint Point: Sarre

Location: 45.717686, 7.261105

Sprint Point: Prè-Saint-Didier Aosta

Location: 45.764230, 6.985803

Cat 1 Climb: Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard

Location: 45.680010, 6.883621
22.6km (14 mi) at a 5.1% grade.

Finish: Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Location: 45.617159, 6.768866

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