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Favorable to sprinters – and echelons?
The organizers have tried to make sure that this day smiles on the sprinters. In the second hour of racing, the peloton will flow through the spectacular Tarn Gorge; the course then avoids the climbs over the Black Mountains; and the last 10 kilometers, on a descending false flat, have been designed to encourage the formation of echelons if there are crosswinds present.
The finish will be in the same place as last year, where Mark Cavendish equaled Eddy Merckx’s record for the number of Tour stage wins. Long-distance breakaways will try to consolidate their gains, but with a rest day coming up, the sprinters’ domestiques will be eager to sweep the way clear for their fast finishers.