PAU, France - 6,500 places on the 2014 Etape du Tour have been sold in the first 24 hours since registrations became available.

The ASO Challenges website saw extremely high traffic with queues of up to 4,000 people trying to book onto the 2014 Etape yesterday morning but by early evening registration became much easier.

However only the first 4,000 registrants were able to register at the 75 euros price point, with further entries having to pay 95 euros. There are expected to be 13,500 registrants this year, the same number as in 2013. Last year 10,627 riders completed the course, although quite a few registrants failed to start because of injury or laziness.

The 2014 Etape is on 20 July from Pau to the Hautacam and is 148km long. It takes in the 2,115 metres high Col du Tourmalet, one of the most fearsome climbs in the Pyrenees and one that will prove exteremely challenging to most sportive riders. It is expected to be one of the highlights of the 2014 Tour de France when the pro riders tackle it just four days later.

Entries can be made at the ASO Challenges website; be warned, the registration process is typically Gallic.

The Etape du Tour 2014 route profile
The Etape du Tour 2014 route profile