Stage 2 – Perros-Guirec to Mûr-de-Bretagne – 183.5km – Sunday, June 27
Stage 2’s route is what the French call accidenté or, more colourfully, casse-pattes (literally: leg-breaking): 183.5km of constantly lumpy terrain, typically on small roads, through towns with lots of road furniture like bollards and roundabouts. It’ll make for a nervous day of racing, before we even get to the finish.
That finish, of course, is the Mûr-de-Bretagne, a Category 3 climb that Tour organisers first used in 2011 and love so much the race has returned three times since. It’s clear why: it’s short (2km) but steep—its official gradient of 6.9 percent masks a hard initial ramp of 10 percent for a full kilometre.