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 20 Stage 17: Gap to Pinerolo (Italy), 178km (110.6 miles)

This first of three stages in the Alps heads into Italy via the Cat. 1 climb to Sestriere, but this is more than 60km from the finish, so the real action won’t take place until the brutal Cat. 2 Colle Pra Martino. On a narrow, very twisting back road, this 6.7km climb averages 6.2 percent, but it has a 12-percent section just before a summit that’s only 7km from the line in Pinerolo. The 3km-long, switchback descent averages a vertiginous 15 percent and that’s where the stage can be won and lost.

THE SCOOP: The Pra Martino climb was used in a Giro d’Italia stage to Pinerolo in 2009 when, of the riders doing this year’s Tour, the best were Ivan Basso, Levi Leipheimer and Damiano Cunego.

2011 Tour de France stage 17 profile

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