Col d’Izoard, the highest point of this year’s race, plus a new summit finish at Risoul

There’s a big couple of days coming up in the Tour de France with the race hitting the Alps. Matt Stephens and Tom Last of GCN have ridden the route of Saturday's Stage 14 to see what lies in wait for the riders.

The stage includes the Col de Lautaret and highest point on this year’s race, the Col d’Izoard, which tops out at 2,360 metres.

Stephens describes the final climb to the ski station at Risoul as “an absolute brute” – the gradient doesn’t exceed 8 per cent, but it doesn’t drop below 6 per cent either, making it relentless.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.