This stage in the Haute-Loire department is relatively long and demanding because of the steep incline towards the end of the stage from the Allier river up to Rochegude. But it can be interrupted at both Sauges and Monistrol-d'Allier. The landscape of this stage is very varied. After the start we stay at the height of the «Monts de la Margeride» until we reach Sauges. After Sauges there is a last ascent to Rognac, then the steep mountain flank follows down to Monistrol-d'Allier in the Allier gorge, a mountain flank that we mostly cover in the forest on footpaths, but also repeatedly cross the main road or even it partly follow. Monistrol-d'Allier is a suitable place to rest and to strengthen yourself again before we cross the Allier on an old steel bridge and then tackle the steep climb to Rochegude. During the rest we can perhaps watch a few rafters or canoeists, because the Allier is very popular with water sports enthusiasts. There is a Saint-Jacques chapel near Rochegude, and as is so often the case with churches and chapels, there is a beautiful view of the valley from there. From here, the last few kilometers to the stage town of Saint-Privat-d'Allier are relatively flat and with great views; we have managed a demanding and varied stage.