September 27 - Richmond, USA - 261.4 km
The day starts near the University of Richmond. From here, the riders take on 5.3 km before they enter the circuit, where they will stay for the remaining part of the race. The peloton crosses the finishing line for the first time with 243 km left to go. 15 laps on the 16.2 km circuit now await the riders.
The first 10 km take place on big roads with only very few corners to overcome. It’s mostly flat. A long straight-out part, slightly downhill, leads the riders towards the canal. Here, they continue for about 2 km before a U-turn takes them back towards the city center. The road kicks up alongside Libby Hill but it’s nothing compared to what awaits the riders when they turn right onto the cobbled climb. The next 200 meters are uphill with an average gradient of 8 %. This is one of the designated fan zones on the circuit. We can expect a euphoric atmosphere on this climb.
After a quick descent and a short flat section, the riders start on the steepest ascent of the day on 23rd Street. 100 meters of 12 % will definitely leave its mark in the legs of the riders. From the top, there are just 2.5 km to the finishing line. About a kilometer later, the road starts to kick up again. Soon after, the riders turn right onto Governor Street. As we know from the time trials prior this week, the following 300 meters have an average gradient of 7 %. After turning left with 700 meters to go, it’s slightly uphill before the last 100 meters are more or less flat.