The Essentials

■ Station desRousses hosts a Tour de France stage finish for the first time.

■ The Tour has passed through Les Rousses on eight occasions — climbing from the north. The last time was in 1990, when Eduardo Chozas led over the climb en route to the stage finish in Geneva.

■ Today sees the first of the second-category climbs of this Tour.

■ Number of second-category climbs in 2010: nine, which is the most since 2004, when there were 10. There were six in 2009, five in 2008, six in 2007, eight in 2006 and seven in 2005.

■ Number of KoM points available today: 51.

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