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The peloton, and all their assist cars, will journey 178.5 kilometres from Carcassonne to Foix.

It will be warm, it will be wonderful, and the closing 40km will be a whole lot significantly less agonizing on the couch than on a bicycle. Here is what to watch out for from the temperature-managed comfort of your dwelling room.

1. The splendor of the Pyrenees

In comparison to the more moderate gradients and rockier landscapes of the significant Alps, the Pyrenees thrills with steeper climbs on narrower, additional technological streets. You can also anticipate to see a good deal far more trees.

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A map of Phase 16 of the 2022 Tour de France

Though the speedy way from Carcassonne to Foix is about 80 kilometres, tonight’s route, which is pretty much 100 kilometres lengthier, normally takes comprehensive benefit of this beautiful terrain. The riders will arrive tantalisingly close to the end line in Foix before using a scenic detour through the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariègeoises, by means of a couple of Group 1 climbs.

2. The Mighty Mur de Péguère

‘Mur’ is French for ‘wall’, which is an apt way to explain tonight’s last climb. Although the average gradient is only 7.9 for every cent, the road will get noticeably steeper as riders method the top rated. In fact, this is a person of the steepest climbs of the Tour this yr, with some sections reaching a leg-busting, experience-contorting 18 per cent gradient.

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Phase 16 profile

3. Make or break assaults

The Mur de Péguère absolutely sets the phase for a extraordinary finish and some keep-on-restricted-and-you should not-glance-back again attacks. This stage is ripe for a further breakaway. We can also hope some far more bold moves from the common classification riders as they attempt to shake each individual other off the general podium.

With 15 stages in their legs previously, stress will stay superior as riders and viewers alike will be getting their finest guesses at who will crack, who will attack, which attacks will stick, and for how lengthy.

4. The closing 27 kilometres

Keep on restricted for the final difficult pedal to the end line tonight. If anyone’s made it more than the Mur de Péguère with a considerably less-than-enormous gap to the industry, they will have to activate whole hero-riding method as they charge down the descent and pedal with every thing they have to the close of the phase.

Meanwhile, the peloton will be undertaking almost everything they can to mow down any escapees with a completely paced overtake developing a further option for the sprinters…provided they have managed by themselves well in:

5. The scorching heat

With a forecast of 36 degrees, tonight’s phase is going to be yet another warm just one. Specifically for riders from countries with milder summer season temperatures, and particularly on roads designed of elements inclined to melting a small whilst ready for the peloton to arrive.
Warmth and hydration tactics are going to be a main variable in which riders go nicely in excess of this section of the Tour.
Heat and hydration are equally significant for the Australian #couchpeloton as they shiver their way by the middle of wintertime and test to appear peppy when turning up to get the job done the morning soon after an additional late night time phase.
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