road.cc Fantasy Cycling: Tour de France stage 6 preview
Dinan > Lisieux
Today the race heads from Brittany into Normandy, passing the Mont St-Michel on the way. That’s not the only religious tie-in with today’s parcours – the stage, the longest of this year’s race, finishes near the basilica in Lisieux, home to St Teresa’s relics, after Lourdes the second most visited pilgrimage site in France. A kick up towards the finish 1.5km out may split the peloton ahead of the line.
Thought for the Day
Three categorised climbs during today’s itinerary could see a fight develop over who gets to sport the polka dot jersey ahead of that competition beginning in earnest next week.
Despite the climb towards the end, I still wouldn't rule out Cav on a stage like this there were a few last year where he got over a climb towards the end to contest the sprint, for instance the stage Vinokourov won. Cav will be there or thereabouts, and Edvald Boasson Hagen will be getting stuck in there as well.
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