Etape 2 - 85,8 km | 2580 m+
La Roche - Bertogne - La Roche
Stage 2 starts, just like yesterday’s time trial, in the center of our host city La Roche-en-Ardenne. Immediately after the start, the riders will cross the bridge over the Ourthe and turn left just past Place du Bronze towards Hives. This is where the official start is given.
The first ascent is on asphalt and does not contain any particular difficulties. Yet it is crucial to be in front on this one. After a few kilometers there is a fast descent over a wide gravel path and immediately afterwards the terrible Moulin de la Strument slope, immediately followed by some nice single tracks with again a steep and technical climb towards the end.
The next 10 miles to the first feed station in Wyompont are mainly downhill and easy to ride. Between the first and second feed station, a loop of almost 20 kilometers with about 600 altimeters is completed through the woods.
The next part of the stage mainly follows the flanks of the Ourthe with the occasional steep climb and some technical passages along the bank.
The third feed station is located in Herlinval and will also be visited twice. A second loop, this time with no less than 750 meters of climbing spread over 20 km, takes the participants to Engreux and Bertogne. This loop includes some technical but fast descents and some tough climbs.
The last part is mainly downhill, first via smoothly roling asphalt roads and towards Maboge a flowy single track descent. After crossing the road in Maboge, the last obstacle of the day follows. A one and a half kilometer climb followed by the classic descent to the finish in the garden of hotel Floreal.
With almost 86 km and 2,600 vertical meters, this stage is the longest of the weekend.