Shorter (and Faster?)
To make the flat stages more intense, more nervous, ASO decided to make some of them shorter. This last of the four stages in Brittany is completely within the department of Illeet-Vilaine. It’s not totally flat terrain, but it should be very fast. The final 40 kilometers promise nonstop action, opening with a time-bonus sprint at Vitré, followed by a turn to the north where enterprising teams could take advantage of prevailing southwest winds to split the race into echelons; and then come the final 6 kilometers into Fougères to a finish that’s the same as the one in 2015, when Mark Cavendish (right) won. Who will be the fastest this year?
After 1km on the streets of Fougères, at the end of a flat 800m straight on the 19.6 feet wide Boulevard des Déportés.