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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Tour de France stage 15
Sunday 17 July, 205.5km, Lezat-sur-Leze to Saint-Lary Soulan


Stage 15 profile
George Hincapie, so long the forgotten sidekick to Lance Armstrong, had his day in the sun with a blistering mountain ride.

Your Tour experiences and comments
I'm going to watch the Tour for the first time. Hoping to see Stage 15 and then travel around a bit and then get to Paris for the finish. I'm completely new at this and am loads nervous! If you see a motorhome (with an Estonian flag) parked badly, please be patient.
Lorna Viikna, Nottingham, UK

This is steep, stunning country and marvellous cycling. I crossed much of it on the Rapd Pyreneen last September. The Portet d'Aspet is only short at some 5 km of climbing but is brutally steep on both sides and is more than likely to bring on the first attacks and splits. Mente is steeper still [and one of the steepest in France], and Peyresourde long, unremitting and stunning. Check out the superb crepes in the summit-top cafe! These climbs may not be the HC monsters of the Tourmalet, Galibier, Aubisque or Madeleine, but 205 km with all these steep climbs will make for a fascinating day of battle.
MC, Perthshire

I'll be hitch-hiking into St Lary Soulan from Montpellier the night before, sleeping rough and then cheering with the Basques for what should be the best stage of the Tour.
TG, UK

I'm going to watch the Tour for the first time. Hoping to see Stage 15 and then travel around a bit and then get to Paris for the finish. I'm completely new at this and am loads nervous! If you see a motorhome (with an Estonian flag) parked badly, please be patient!!
Lorna Viikna, Nottingham, UK

The roads around the Col du Portillon are beautiful, as the Tour dips briefly into Spain and follows the River Garonne/Garona as it nears its source.
Tom Partis, UK

I'll be in the Pyreness for a week to watch Le Tour - for the fourth time. Looking forward especially to Stage 15, which may ultimately provide this year's winner.
John Bond, Crieff, Scotland

We are staying on the route of Stage 15 the week afer the Tour visits, we are going to do a couple of the big climbs to really appreciate the efforts of the peloton. Can't wait.
Richard & Emma Cleverly, London, UK

This might be the most difficult stage. I remember the road is narrow between Le Col d'Azet and Saint-Lary and descending that at full speed must be terribly acrobatic. Then there's almost no transition before climbing to the Pla d'Adet. Riding up there is really hard, the slope is specially steep (specially at the beginning I think). This final ascension is overcrowded of course and these who want a good place to watch the race will have to wake up very early, if not the previous day... The Tour came there a few years ago. People staying in St-Lary (in the valley) told me they were struck by the roar of thousands of people pressing along the road as the riders were coming up ...
Denis V, Paris

My wife and I will be at the Courcheval and St Lary Soulon stages this year. We also hope to climb Alpe D'Huez and Mont Ventoux as part of our own little challenge. If we can get a couple of extra days off work we'll be in Paris for the finish.
Gordon Muir, UK

I'm following the Tour for the first time this year in the Pyrenees, having bagged what I think was the last hotel room in Pau only two weeks ago. For Stage 15, I'm staying about four kms from the finish at St-Lary Soulan. Does anyone have any local knowledge about where's best to watch the race on Pla d'Adet?
Benzor, Five Live messageboard

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