Pyrénées II: Into Andorra
These roads in the Eastern Pyrénées have hardly ever featured in the Tour de France. The riders will be going high, very high indeed; the third of the day’s four climbs, the Port d’Envalira, is the “roof” of the 2021 Tour at 2,408 meters (7,900 feet) above sea level. This ascent isn’t very steep, as it’s a major highway through the mountains. On the other hand, the final climb, the Col de Beixalis, could blow the race apart. The riders will suddenly find themselves on a very narrow and extremely steep road. The 13-kilometer descent is technical and tricky. The favorites will be on maximum alert for the final hour of racing. The last time a Tour stage finished in the Andorran capital was won by Spanish climber Julio Jiménez in 1964; perhaps this time the winner will be one of the many pros who live in this mountainous tax haven, such as Dan Martin or Tao Geoghegan Hart.
After a 13km descent and 2km in the streets of Andorra, at the end of a 400m straight on the 19.6 feet wide Avinguda de Tarragona.