Last day in the mountains (already?) in the Tour. Time for the riders to open those suitcases of courage and dance on the pedals:
The Col den Menté is pretty steep but given its early placement, is unlikely to see serious GC action. It could be the site of a Voeckler/Kessiakoff battle for the mountain points, though.
The final two (or three, if you prefer) climbs of the day:
This is not the best perspective but on the Port de Balès, the riders ascend from nearly sea level to about 5,000 feet in altitude.
Big questions: Is this the day the Wiggins diesel finally runs out of gas? Will Nibali launch another attack, or play it safe now that he's in good shape for the podium? Can Van Garderen crack the top 5? Can Voeckler hang on to the polka dots?