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Tour de France 2009: Stage 7 

July 10th: Barcelona to Andorra Arcalis, 224km

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 2 Jun 2009 5:52:59 PM
Activity: Not Specified
State: Spain (ESP)
Distance: 145.28 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 35620 ft
Total Loss: 28012 ft
Net Change: 7608 ft
Difficulty: 9 / 10
Tags: Barcelona, spain, Tour de France 2009
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The longest mountain stage in the Tour features only two climbs, but the finish at Arcalis is deceptively difficult. The only previous finish here, in 1997, saw Jan Ullrich destroy climbers like Marco Pantani and Richard Virenque, so the ascent seems better suited to powerful rhythm climbers than to those who favor explosive attacks. Even more intriguing, the Tour usually reserves days like this one for the second and third week of the Tour. At the end of the first week, the GC men may be more content to feel each other out on the first mountaintop finish of the Tour and see who's most willing to crack in the climbing stages to come.

Betting Line: The final climb plays to the strengths of riders like Cadel Evans or Armstrong, but any climbers or one-day specialists who can sneak into a breakaway may benefit from an unmotivated GC group. In particular, riders like Rabobank’s Robert Gesink or Garmin's Danny Pate may have opportunity to seize glory (and yellow) on the hors categorie climb to Arcalis.

*Watching the Tour in person? Buy your champagne here—the tiny nation of Andorra enjoys duty-free status.

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: Stage 7

Distance: 145.28 mi Points: 3343
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: Barcelona

Location: 41.382734, 2.148514

Cat 4 Climb: Côte de Montserrat

Location: 41.583414, 1.945095
4.1km (2.55 mi) at a 3.8% grade.

Cat 3 Climb: Port de Solsona

Location: 41.953873, 1.594305
5.8km (3.6 mi) at a 4.3% grade.

Sprint Point: Solsona

Location: 41.996370, 1.517916

Cat 1 Climb: Col de Serra-Seca

Location: 42.126684, 1.387453
7.7km (4.78 mi) at a 7.1% grade.

Cat 3 Climb: Port de Comte

Location: 42.152810, 1.388183
3.1km (1.9 mi) at a 5.3% grade.

Finish: Andorre Arcalis (HC Climb)

Location: 42.624360, 1.479120
10.6km (6.57 mi) at a 7.1% grade.

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