The Tour de France 2020 is about to take the peloton on new floor on stage 17 – the Col de la Loze.
Making it’s Tour debut on this yr’s race as the ultimate climb of a 170km day, the Loze goes to be an enormous take a look at for not solely the overall classification climbers however the whole peloton.
At 21.5km-long with a mean gradient of just about eight per cent, this last climb is among the many hardest to be included within the 2020 version.
However what do the Strava stats inform us about this brutal mountain end?
The Col de la Loze averages a frightening 7.Eight per cent throughout its monstrous size, however that doesn’t inform the entire story of the gradients.
Beginning at 7.Eight per cent, the primary 8km of the climb holds at round round seven p.c, earlier than a really slight easing between the 9 and 12km marks, with the gradients dropping to between 4 and 6 p.c.
However issues solely get robust the nearer the riders get to the road.
From kilometre 17 the highway ramps as much as a brutal 11 per cent, dropping solely barely to 9.5 per cent within the last 3km. It’s in these last three thousand metres of the stage that the peloton will hit the steepest components of the climb – a 24 per cent ramp at kilometre 19 adopted by an 18 per cent slope 1,500m from the end.
The altitude can also be more likely to take an enormous toll on the riders, because the stage finishes at 2,304 metres above sea stage, the very best level of this yr’s Tour.
Up to now in 2020 the peloton has solely ridden as much as 1,825m on stage 4 to Orcières-Merlette, making this a big second for the climbers – regulate the South American riders born at these sorts of altitudes.
The Loze received’t be the one take a look at riders face on stage 17 nonetheless, as first they have to make it over the also-massive Col de la Madeleine.
Stretching to 17.1km with a mean gradient of 8.four per cent, this climb tops out at 2,000 metres and trigger a serious thinning of the pack earlier than riders even hit the Loze.
The Madeleine begins 88.5km into the stage after a really flat opening half, and peaks 107.4km into the day.
It’s then a protracted 17km descent earlier than the highway turns upwards on the foot of the Loze, 147km into the stage.
Whereas the Col de la Loze hasn’t featured within the Tour earlier than, we will look to the 2019 season for some earlier performances.
The col featured as a summit end in stage eight of final yr’s Tour de l’Avenir – the under-23 Tour de France – as riders began from the underside and fired straight the highest on the 23.1km-long stage.
That stage was received by Australia’s Alexander Evans, who now races for Circus-Wanty Gobert, with a time of 1-05-39.
Evans didn’t add his knowledge to Strava, however second place finisher on the stage Michel Ries did, who set a time of 1-05-51.
The Luxembourger accomplished the 21.5km-long Col de la Loze par Meribel Strava phase (barely shorter than the Avenir stage) in 1-02-58 to take the KoM, with a mean velocity of 20.5km/h and a mean energy of 346w.
Barely additional down the leaderboard are some acquainted names – Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) who accomplished the climb final June in 1-09-43, barely sooner than his compatriot Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), who set a time of 1-10-10.
However because the Tour de France hits this climb for the primary time, count on some even fasters occasions to be set on this large problem.