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Friday 23 August 2024
Stage 6
LES KARELLIS   CONDOVE (ITALIE - Région Piémont Ville Métropolitaine de Turin)

Stage 5
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25%

of the winner’s time
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LES KARELLIS

CONDOVE (ITALIE - Région Piémont Ville Métropolitaine de Turin)

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Rider Gaps
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Team Gaps
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As expected, the Col de la Loze lightened the ranks, and the situation, much better than the five days that preceded this major test, which was the first real contact with the high mountains for some of the Tour de l’Avenir competitors.

This high-altitude finish explored by the Tour de l’Avenir in 2019 and which has already become a spot on the Tour de France revealed a 19-year-old Mexican talent, Isaac Del Toro, who had already come second on stage 4 in Evaux-les-Bains, where he had given a first glimpse of his repertoire. The young Mexican, who was looking forward to the mountains with great appetite and who signed his country’s first victory in this genuine Tour de France for young riders, beat American Matthew Riccitello, the new CIC yellow jersey and now a candidate to succeed Greg LeMond, winner in 1982.

Matthew Riccitello, 20 years old and currently a trainee with the Israel – Premier Tech team, announced that he had signed up with the team at World Tour level until 2025.
The Mexican and the rider from the United States quickly emerged above the pack, while only Italian Davide Piganzoli limited the gap to under a minute (30 seconds), which means that he now occupies 2nd place overall, 25 seconds behind the new leader, just ahead of the day’s winner, Isaac Del Toro.

Denmark’s Simon Dalby, the previous leader, made a respectable ascent (13th), but it wasn’t enough to save his yellow jersey, while France’s Mathys Rondel, until now his runner-up, remains in a good 4th place (38 seconds behind) in the overall classification thanks to his climbing skills, validated by his 8th place at the summit.

All of them will once again have to contend with each other twice over the coming day, which will be a particularly tough one, as stage 7 is divided into two sectors, with a mountainous individual time trial (11.1 km) on the slopes leading up to the resort of Les Karellis, followed by a road sector between Les Karellis and the Col du Mont – Cenis (69.6 km).

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From the original village of Les Allues to the resort of Méribel founded in 1938 by the Englishman Peter Lindsey, the Méribel valley today stretches from 1100m to 2952m altitude. A paradise for skiers in winter, but also for cyclists, mountain bikers and hikers in summer, Méribel stands out for its traditional Savoyard architecture and its integration into a grandiose landscape.

Overlooked by the Saulire on one side and the Tougnète peaks on the other, the villages of Méribel offer a variety of starting points for all summer activities. Every summer in Méribel, there are no fewer than 29 activities on offer for young and old, from thrills to relaxation.

The place not to be missed during a visit is undoubtedly the Plan de Tueda nature reserve, located just 10 minutes’ walk from the village of Méribel Mottaret at an altitude of 1750m. The start of the reserve, where you’ll find Lac de Tueda, is the starting point for the Parc National de la Vanoise, to which numerous trails await you, including the one leading to the Glacier de Gébroulaz.

To the delight of cyclists, the Col de la Loze (which marks today’s event) was inaugurated in 2019 and has welcomed the Tour de France since 2020 as well as last July. A cycle route, entirely reserved for cyclists for the entire summer season, which winds its way through the Altiport forest before taking on more challenging slopes to reach an altitude of 2304m.

LES KARELLIS

LES KARELLIS

The Col de la Loze is a pass located at an altitude of 2,275 metres in the Alps in Savoie, France, between Méribel and Courchevel. It is an old mountain road that was tarred to create a greenway for cyclists.
The last 6 km of the climb has many sections at over 20%.

CONDOVE (ITALIE - Région Piémont Ville Métropolitaine de Turin)

CONDOVE (ITALIE - Région Piémont Ville Métropolitaine de Turin)

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