The second week of the Tour de France was always going to be a challenging one, the first real test for the general contenders. The Pyrénées, the stage of the first high mountain test of the Tour, were looming large over the peloton in week two. And looming largest of all was the Col du Tourmalet.
This mountain range in France has played a dominant role in shaping the course of the race ever since it was first used in the early 1900s. Its long history in the Tour de France and jaw-dropping beauty has carved out a special place in the hearts of the French people. This year, like every year, the Pyrénées attracted huge crowds, offered spectacular racing up their steep gradients and inspired awe in riders and spectators alike. Relive our journey through these special mountains through the lenses of team photographers Ashley and Jered Gruber.
Stage 11: Albi – Toulouse
Stage 12: Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Stage 13: Pau – Pau
Stage 14 – Tarbes – Tourmalet
Stage 15: Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis