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90th Tour de France - July 5-27, 2003

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Stage 16 - Wednesday, July 23: Pau - Bayonne, 197.5 km


  • Kilometre 67.5: Col du Soudet (14.1 kilometres at 7.5 percent)
  • Kilometre 98: Col du Larrau (2.4 kilometres at 10.5 percent)
  • Kilometre 110: Col de Bagarguy (8.8 kilometres at 9.2 percent)
  • Kilometre 118.5: Col de Burdincurutcheta (2.2 kilometres at 6.2 percent)
  • Kilometre 146.5: Côte de Bonetbelchenea (1.4 km kilometres at 5.7 percent)

From Pau to Bayonne, where the bayonet was invented and the home of the tasty "Jambon de Bayonne" ham, Stage 16 offers the last significant climbing in the 100 anniversary Tour de France. This stage traverses the western Pyrenees, through the French Basque region and includes the nasty ascent of the steep Bagarguy, followed by Burdincurutcheta.

These are the last two chances to attack in the mountains, since it's pretty much all downhill to Bayonne on the Atlantic coast. 31 years ago, Dutchman Duyndam took the win, while local resident David Millar may be looking for a home win.




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