Sunday, July 8, 7:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET
The first week of the Tour will suit the sprinters. Does that mean we’ll see one rider dominate the others, as Cavendish did in 2016 and Kittel did last year? This year, there is a new crop of talent that will be gunning to make its mark in July, including Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria, and Dylan Groenewegen. It will be exciting to see how the different generations match up. The stage 2 finale presents another serious test: a false flat of 3-4 percent and more than a kilometer long. After this stage, we should know more about the candidates for the green jersey.
Check back after the race.