Analysis by Jean-François Pescheux, Tour competition director: “This is the main Alpine stage of this Tour, even though at 165 kilometres it’s relatively short. The early kilometres are rolling as the route heads to Albertville. After that, though, there’s a succession of long climbs and descents starting with the Cormet de Roselend (19.9km at six per cent), and then the Petit Saint-Bernard (15.3km at 4.7%) before the final climb to Tignes (17.9km at 5.5%). There are two flat kilometres before the finish, but the gaps will have been created before this. These climbs aren’t tough in terms of gradient, but the riders will be climbing for more than 50 kilometres in fewer than 100. That accumulation of effort will tell. After this stage, the identities of the yellow jersey challengers will become clear.”


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