July 22nd 2009
This is the Tour’s densest mountain stage with five passes that count towards the best-climber classification. The challenges will rise with the terrain and the relatively short distance promises a decisive struggle between the front-runners. The climb to Romme Pass, a Tour first, will make the ascent to Colombière Pass, which starts at Reposoir, even more gruelling.
Le Grand-Bornand is pleased to welcome for the 5th time the famous Tour de France. The 17th stage of the 2009 edition starts in Bourg-St-Maurice and ends in Le Grand-Bornand on Wednesday July the 22nd.
With 169 km to ride and 5 passes or hills to climb, this stage will certainly be decisive for the final victory.
Here is a comment made by Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France :
"We certainly are in the most intense mountain stage of the Tour de France because of the 5 passes listed in the best climber challenge. The difficulty level will raise in a crescendo as the day goes on and the relatively short distance announces a great fight between the leaders. The climb up to the Col de Romme, which is new in this edition, will make the ascension to the Col de la Colombière even harder than in the past years."
A great show to come!
- Cormet de Reselent - 18 km to climb (6,1%)
- Col des Saisies - 15,1 km to climb (6%)
- Côte d'Arâches - 6,3 km to climb (7%)
- Col de Romme - 8,8 km to climb, (8,9%)
- Col de la Colombière - 7,5 km to climb (8,5%)
The next day, cyclists will head in direction of Annecy for a ''Contre la montre'' of 40 km around Annecy's lake.
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