Day five has come and gone, and the brothers still feel upbeat and energized. The heat subsided, leaving only the bright sunshine to reign over the winding trails of the countryside. The morning was dedicated to time trials, covering a relatively short distance of 10.1 miles, but not without the added test of a 4,000-foot climb. The rest of the afternoon was allocated to some well-deserved rest and recovery.

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Stage 6: Serre Chevalier Briançon-Cuneo: 140 km (2900 m Elevation)

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It feels like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster just producing a write-up of this race, so I can’t imagine what will be going through your head here. But well done. You’ve made it to the penultimate stage.

Setting off from Serre Chevalier Briançon, you’ll ride through the heart of the Écrins mountain range.

The first big challenge of the day comes in the form of the Col d’Izoard.

A progressive climb spanning 19.1 km with an average gradient of 6.1%. The lower slopes will give you a chance to warm up before a hard finish. The pass is in the middle of a desolate mountain landscape shadowed by Pic de Beaudouis.

It has been the scene of numerous Tour de France classics and has even appeared in the Giro d’Italia. After reaching the top of the pass, you will descend into Chateau-Queyras before heading up your final Col of the day; Col d’Agnel. As good as it gets!

This Col offers sensational panoramic views of both France and Italy and is the third-highest paved road in the Alps.

Col d’Agnel is 20.7 km long with an average gradient of 6.6%, although the climbing really ramps up in the last 5 km. It’s all down from here! A fast finish into the Italian city of Cuneo.

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