2011 Tour de France stage descriptions, analysis and maps

  • By John Wilcockson
  • Published Jun. 28, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM EDT

July 12 Stage 10: Aurillac to Carmaux, 158km (98 miles)

After the first rest day, the Tour will continue with another stage in the Massif Central, but on a more rolling than hilly course. After the intermediate sprint at Maurs early in the day, expect multiple attacks over this stage’s four categorized climbs, the last of which, 10km from the line, offers a chance for a strong rider to break clear of the pack.

THE SCOOP: Everyone will have to be wary of the final kilometers into the old coalmining town of Carmaux. The two 90-degree corners and three curving turns in the final kilometer, following a fast 3km downhill run into town, will present extra challenges for the sprinters and a high chance for crashes.

2011 Tour de France stage 10 profile

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