So, after a dull stage 15 and a rest day (and the departure of F. Schleck), it's hopefully time for the some race-related fireworks. The course for Wednesday promises to offer them:
If Bradley Wiggins is to have the jersey snatched away, it's realistically going to have to happen today or Thursday. The question: when to attack?
The first HC climb is a familiar one, the Col d'Aubisque:
It's not the steepest peak but quite long and offers few chances to catch a breather.
Following a gradual descent, the Tourmalet makes its appearance:
Following a "mere" Cat. 1 climb up the Col d'Aspin comes the final climb of the day:
Finally, a pretty steep descent to the finish. We know about Nibali's descending skills . . . can he start descending with time to spare?