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89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

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Stage 12 - Friday July 19: Lannenezan - Plateau de Beille, 199.5 km

By Tim Maloney, European editor

More fun for the whole TDF peloton family on Stage 12; longer and tougher than Thursday's stage. Starting just before 11am in Lannemezan, a small town in the Pyrenee Piedmont. Stage 12 has two Cat. 1 and two Cat. 2 climbs before the difficult final ascension to the finish at the Hors Categorie Plateau-de-Beille, Stage 12 will be one of the most crucial stages in this year's Tour. After 55 km, the steep Cat. 1 Col de Menté (9.4 km/9.0%) starts the day off, the 12th time this climb has been in le Tour De France. Then it's the short and not sweet Col de Portet d'Aspet (4.4 km/9.8%) after 70 km, with a twisting, technical descent to Saint Lary.

After the feed zone, Stage 12 confronts the little known Col de la Core (14.3 km/5.8%), a Cat.1 ascent first climbed in the 1984 Tour. Stage 12's penultimate climb is Cat.2 Col de Port, (12.6 km/4.9%), not too long or steep, but bound to be challenging after 143 km of racing. Finally, Stage 12 climaxes with the, steep, unrelenting HC Plateau-de-Beille (15.9 km/7.8%).The last time a TDF stage finished on the 1,790m high climb in 1998, Marco Pantani rode to a memorable stage victory.


km    Location
0     Lannemezan                                              Start
30    Loures-Barousse                                        Sprint
56    Col De Mente                                     Cat. 1 climb
71.5  Col De Portet-D'aspet                            Cat. 2 climb
81.5  Orgibet                                                Sprint
107.5 Col De La Core                                   Cat. 1 climb
155.5 Col De Port                                      Cat. 2 climb
183   Les Cabannes                                           Sprint
199.5 Plateau-De-Beille                    Hors Cat. climb & Finish

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