Stage 15 - July 24: Pau - Lavaur, 232.5 km

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Today is Stage 15 from Pau-Lavaur, 232.5km with 4 listed climbs and two sprints that ends near Toulouse, capital of the French aerospace industry. Look for Telekom to send Zabel into orbit for a stage win if one of the undoubtedly numerous attacks doesn’t stay away.



The Tour's longest stage at 232.5 km gets the riders back into the swing of things after the rest day in Pau. Taking in one category 3 climb and three category 4 climbs (all near the beginning of the stage), it's a good chance for an opportunist break to get clear.

Pau is the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques dept. in SW France, at the foot of the Pyrenees. It is a major year-round tourist center, renowned for its spa and winter sports, as well as its scenery. It has metallurgical and wool industries, and aeronautical equipment, shoes, and clothing are manufactured. Founded in the 11th cent., it became the capital of Béarn in the 15th cent. and the residence of the kings of Navarre in 1512. Henry IV was born in its château. Its university was founded in 1724.

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