"A very demanding ride. Marie Blanque saps your legs with its steep gradients early on, then Aubisque is an attritional 17km. Whilst there is then around 40km of 'recovery', the final ascent to Luz Ardiden is a real tester."
"Useful warm-up rolling out of Luchon ahead of two shorter, steeper climbs (Menté and Portet d'Aspet). Then a well-placed recovery section before tackling Crouzette & Sommet de Portel in the afternoon."