The Essentials

■ Pau is a regular fixture on the Tour route. 2010 will be the 58th stage finish hosted by the city.

■ Only Bordeaux (78 stage finishes) and Paris (96 Tour finishes) have been visited more often.

■ First winner in Pau: Alfredo Binda in 1930. The most recent: Juan-Miguel Mercado in 2006

■ On paper this is the hardest stage of the 2010 Tour. Giving climbs points, with five points for HC climbs, four for cat ones, down to one for cat fours, this stage totals 18 points. Second hardest is stage nine, with 17, then stages seven and 17, with 14 points.

■ The hardest stage last year, to Le Grand Bornand, would total 19 points, 2008's stage to Alpe d'Huez 17 points, and 2007s to Gourette the hardest of all with 20 points.

Frons

Col du Tourmalet

UPHILL BATTLES COL D'ASPIN ' UPHILL BATTLES COL D'AUBISQUE

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