Monday, July 9, 9:10 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. ET
This is the Tour’s first major test: a 35-kilometer team time trial. That’s seven kilometers longer than the one in 2015, which BMC Racing won. When planning this stage, ASO used the 29.5-kilometer individual time trial held in Cholet in 2008 as a guide. It’s a very technical course, demanding a number of changes of rhythm, with plenty of false-flats and descents. There’s also a steep climb 20 kilometers into the route that could disrupt each team’s pace-making. Victory will be contested by the teams featuring strong rouleurs, and will likely come down to a few seconds. Some of the favorites are sure to lose some time.
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