Stage 11 - September 5: Alp-Arcalís (Andorra), 136.5 km
Although short at 136.5 kilometres, stage 11 from Alp to Arcalis in Andorra will be painful nonetheless. Two category one climbs (Alto de la Rabassa and Coll d'Ordina) both approach 2000 metres, before the riders have to climb to Arcalis at 2,230 metres. After two previously challenging stages, this will be an important test before the first rest day.
The starting town of Alp is located at the edge of the Alp river valley, and has a typical mountain landscape. Nearby, the ski stations of Molina and Masella are extremely popular in winter while in summer there is ample opportunity and space for hiking and horse riding in the forests and mountains.
The tiny country of Andorra is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, and is rich in natural resources. Well known for its unique culture, thermal springs, tax-free goods, its highest point is the Pedrosa Comma at 2,947 metres.
Start time: 13:31
1965 Estaban Martin (Spa) 1967 Mariano Diaz (Spa) 1985 Francisco Rodriguez (Col) 1987 Jésus Ibanez-Loyo (Spa) 1988 Inaki Gaston (Spa) 1991 Guido Bontempi (Ita) 1994 Angel-Yesid Camargo (Col) 1998 José-Maria Jimenez (Spa) 1999 Igor Gonzaléz de Galdeano (Spa) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin