The last stage, with 3200 meters of unevenness, is specially designed for climbers. A very short and very spooky race awaits the racers. They will have to manage the effort so as not to flinch in the last few metres.
This last stage before the final finish line connects the Hauteville Plateau at the top of Bugey to the Lélex Monts Jura in Pays de Gex. 130 km with 4 difficulties accumulate 3200 m of height increase. A real mountain test.
William Martin (Covidis), Carried by his team, he won the second stage. He is determined to confirm his good form at the finish line. The rider was denied the Tour de France due to Covid, and he wants the title.
It was Britain’s Jake Stewart (Groupama FDJ) who won the first stage after a final race ahead of Roman Cardes (Saint-Michel-Hubert 93).
In the general classification, Guillaume Martin leads Mattias Jensen (Trek – Segafredo) by 6 seconds. Rudy Mullard (Groupama FDJ) is 2sec behind.
Nicholas Roche, a former jockey, and now chancellor, is highly regarded for the Tour de l’Ain. It is perfectly placed on the calendar, a very attractive meeting for runners.
“It is a necessary race at this time of year. It is perfectly positioned between the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain. It allows many of the riders who have not participated in the Tour de France to resume competition as well as for other riders who are preparing for the second part of the season to improve their preparation before Going to a Vuelta, for example. It’s a well-run race, often with a quick finish, very little finish and a finish for the climbers. It’s very well balanced. Finally, there are very few races on the calendar that give the climber the opportunity to express himself. It’s a peloton Small, which also changes, because it changes tactics a little bit. It’s a peloton that’s often more dynamic than in a traditional 150-race race where there’s probably more control. We saw it in the first stage of this year where it made the opportunity. And there are fewer Teams that can influence the race and create opportunities for a lot of the racers.”
Kovilat Pass at 7.3 km (3.3 km at 7.3%)
Giron Coast at 52.9 (3.7 km by 6.7%)
Col de Menthières at 78.8 km then 107.6 km (9.1 km at 6.4%). This is the first time this trail has been included in the Tour de l’Ain route. Contestants will pass it twice.
Traffic will stop on the Hauteville Plateau, at Champdor Corcelles, at the small and large Abergement, at Saint-Germain-de-Joux, at Montanges, Confort, at Chézéry-Forens and on the D991 to Lélex Monts Jura.
To get to Lyon to the east or Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and Lélex to the east, follow Saint-Martin du Fresne, A40/D1206/D884 then Saint-Genis Pouilly D984C then Gex and Col de la Faucille.