Not any kind of rider will be able to take off early and shine on this stage made for spectacular attacks. Only the most determined and solid men will manage to seize their chance when leaving Andorra to immediately take on the climb to the Port d'Envalira. And once in Revel, the final 6-kilometre hill leading to the finish line seems made for the most volatile punchers.
A newcomer on the course of the Tour, it however isn't the first time this thermal resort is linked to cycling. Last summer, it indeed welcomed the Vuelta for a stage that went to Lérida and was to be claimed by Dutchman Danny van Poppel. Before him, one Frenchmen, David Moncoutié had also triumphed on the 2008 Tour of Spain, on stage taking off from Escaldes-Engordany.