Olonne-sur-Mer > Redon

This stage skirts the Atlantic coast and with his compatriots on the opposite side of the ocean celebrating Independence Day, Garmin-Cervelo’s Tyler Farrar will be one of those looking to contest what is almost certain to be a bunch sprint. We say ‘almost’ because if the wind is blowing, it could cause chaos with echelons forming and gaps in the peloton.

Thought for the Day

Remember Mark Cavendish’s win at La Grande Motte two years ago? Expect anyone wanting to fight for the stage win to try and keep near the front and out of trouble and look for the chance to take advantage of changes in wind direction.

GT’s tips

Everyone will be aware of the danger of the wind, but it looks like being a bunch sprint if nothing dramatic happens during the stage. There’s a lot of sprinters here, and they’ll all be motivated. Cav’s obviously going well and I think he’ll be the one to beat.

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