Time to saddle up for week two of the Tour de France! Seven days in and it's anyone's race. Well, in the GC anyway. It's going to take some stellar riding to get that green jersay off Sagan's back. Anyway, it's time for the big favourites to show their hands, with the first HC climb and the first summit finish – to Ax 3 Domanes – coming tomorrow on stage 8. Want to know more? There's plenty of good vids out there.
First up is IG Markets with Dan Lloyd discussing tomorrow's stage eight and the romp up Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day, as well as giving us a quick profile of Brit riders Ian Stannard and David Millar.
That Dan Lloyd has obviously been perfecting the roll-down-the-hill-while-changing-shirts move, because here he is riding back up to the top of the Pailhéres in GCN guise, taking an in-depth look at stage 8 and especially the final climb up to the ski station of Ax 3 Domanes. There's some good notes on the climb here, if you're wondering who to lob in your Fantasy Cycling team now all those sprinters have outlived their usefulness. For the time being, at least.
Finally a look ahead to Sunday's stage which features no less than five category 1 climbs before a downhill finish into Bagnères de Bigorre. Like Dan says in the vid: It's got breakaway written all over it. But who's going to fancy it?
You can find All GCN's Tour de France vids on their Youtube channel; there's flythroughs for each stage and in-depth analysis of the key stages.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.