Pau > Lourdes

There’s only one climb today, but since that’s the Aubisque, it’s not one to be taken lightly. That’s crested some 50km from the stage finish in Lourdes, twice a stage town in the past, and the likelihood is that the GC contenders will mark each other tightly, although Samuel Sanchez may well look to use his descending skills to pick up a bit of time over his rivals.

Thought for the Day

It may be a day late, but today could be the day for a French rider to go all the way to victory, so look for the likes of Thomas Voeckler and Pierrig Fedrigo to look to emulate their successes in last year’s race.

GT’s tips

I don't think the GC guys will go full gas on the way down to the finish, so it could be a pretty straightforward stage for them. It seems like a day when there's a pretty good chance of a breakaway stage.

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