A Bunch Sprint—OR Echelons
We’re on roads similar to those of the 2013 stage from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond when Chris Froome was caught out by fast-moving echelons. Normally, this should be a quiet day ending in a bunch sprint. But 10 kilometers after the day’s intermediate sprint, the course turns sharp right at Valençay 46 kilometers from the finish and, depending on the wind’s direction and intensity, echelons can’t be ruled out. Before heading into Châteauroux, the route zigzags in order to make the finale more nervous. In the three previous stage finishes here, Mario Cipollini won in 1998, followed by a Mark Cavendish double in 2008 and 2011.
After 5.4km on the streets of Châteauroux, at the end of a flat 1,600m straight on the 23 feet wide Avenue de la Châtre.