With four difficult stages in the Pyrenees looming, the sprinters will be eager to take centre stage, but today’s run to Revel does them few favours.
None of the five categorised climbs are exceptionally testing, but the last, the third category Côte de St-Ferréol, has a steep and sudden rise and comes just a few kilometres from the finish. Two weeks into the race, it will be interesting to see how much juice the sprinters’ domestiques have left to keep everyone in check on a stage as lumpy as this. With that in mind, the breakaway specialists will fancy their chances.
Procycling’s favourite to win:
Française des Jeux have played their part in lifting French cycling to unexpected heights this season. While Christophe Le Mével focuses on the overall, Marc Madiot’s men have a number of cards to play on days like this. The most obvious option is Sandy Casar, although someone usually tends to relegate the Frenchman to second place. Jérémy Roy and Benoît Vaugrenard have both tasted success this season and looked more competitive than ever. Will one of them provide FDJ with their first stage win since 2007?