Before the serious business starts, the climbers will be able to seek inspiration in the conquering spirit of Raymond Poulidor while going through Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat. They will then have to show themselves in the series of climbs on the menu with the Pas de Peyrol and the Col du Perthus, followed by the climb heading to Le Lioran. A battle between downhillers is to be expected in the final moments.
Starts here often made way to memorable stages. In 1952, Fausto Coppi completed at the Puy de Dôme a grand slam on first altitude finishes on the Tour after his victories at l'Alpe-d'Huez and Sestrières. In 1970, it was on a prologue in Limoges that Eddy Merckx started an impressive series: 8 stage wins, 18 days in yellow! In 2004, the solo effort of Richard Virenque all the way to Saint-Flour allowed him to capture the polka-dot jersey that he would eventually conquer for the seventh time.