Today’s stage in the Cevennes could see the race come back together for a bunch sprint after the riders negotiate a Category 4 climb some 15km out, but equally the three categorised climbs that precede that could make it an afternoon when a break manages to stick all the way to the finish.
Don't forget that you have four transfers for the stage after a rest day.
Thought for the Day
Yesterday’s rest day will have given teams that haven’t shone during the first week and which don’t have aspirations of the GC an opportunity to reassess their priorities and tactics, and some will want to get valuable airtime for their sponsors by putting men into a break today.
Whether the peloton's together going over the last climb or if there's a breakaway out in front, I think there will be attacks on the last climb, perhaps if there's a team who think one of their sprinters can get over it and Cavendish can't. So Garmin working for Hushovd perhaps, to look to get rid of some of the other sprinters ahead of the finish.
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