Stage 16 - July 18: Courchevel - Morzine, 196 km
Start time: 11:33
It's the final mountain stage of Le Tour 2000 from Courchevel to Morzine across Savoie and Haut Savoie with four major climbs to scale. The category 1, 1650m Col des Saises (15.1km @ 6.5%), the easier category 2 1498m Col des Aravis (8.2km @ 6.4%), another category 1, 1613m Col de la Colombiere (11.8km @ 5.8%), with the category 3. hill, the Cote de Chatillion-sur-Cluses (5.1km @ 5.4%), then up to the final assault of the day, the steep Hors Categorie Col de Joux-Plane (11.8km @ 8.5%).
Taken one by one, these climbs are not so difficult, but with all 5 climbs packed into 135km of racing, a lot could happen on Stage 16 to change the outcome . Ullrich has already lost a lot of time and can likely lose time on the final steep climb of Joux-Plane. Watch Marco Pantani go for a hat-trick of stage wins. Pantani won in Morzine in 1997 and is going to be the man to beat on the final ascent of the Joux-Plane. Armstrong may want to go head to head, but it's likely that he's concentrating on the greater goal of finishing in Paris in 6 days time.
Weather: It's nice, clear day in Courchevel today. Finally, we have some beautiful weather here in the Tour de France.
Km 80 - Col des Saisies
- 15.1 km at 6.5% (Cat. 1)
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