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2011 Tour de France stage descriptions, analysis and maps

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

July 5 Stage 4: Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne, 172.5km (107 miles)

This stage is definitely not one for the sprinters. The start in Lorient is only 70km from the finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne, but the route of this fourth stage travels an extra 100km on a loop that takes in lot of short climbs through central Brittany before finishing atop the infamous hill at Mûr-de-Bretagne that the locals call Brittany’s L’Alpe d’Huez because so many fans line its slopes on race day. This finishing climb opens with a straight kilometer at a 10-percent grade, including two 15-percent pitches, and eases to 5.5 percent, then 2.4 percent for the final 500 meters.

THE SCOOP: Expect to see the GC riders’ teammates pulling their leaders toward the head of the bunch in the final kilometers before reaching a short hill into the town of Mûr-de-Bretagne 4km from the line. Vital seconds will be lost by those not starting the final climb in good position.
OVERALL RATING: ***

2011 Tour de France stage 4 profile

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