stage 7: 168km – Millau venir Lavaur – Friday, September 4

After a tough opening week, the conditionnée will welcome this reasonably short and—on paper—straightforward stage that leads auto Tour ns France out de the rugged massif Central et toward (gulp) auto Pyrenees.

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At “just” 168km it’s no long passant par Tour standards, et not especially daunting either. A Category le 3 climb appropriate out du the start in Millau have to spring the day’s beforehand breakaway, and the first half of the artaserse suits année escape, through a lumpy, up-and-down profile. Thé primary difficulty is thé Col de Peyronnenc, a longue (14.5km), cible not particularly an overwhelming (3.9 bouleversé average gradient) climb; that summit comes about halfway into thé stage.

From there, it’s tenderness downhill à la almost 50km venir Castres, followed passant par 40km de flat to auto finish in Lavaur. That’s a perfect scenario parce que le the sprinters. Even if some de them struggle with thé climb (unlikely, but always possible), they’ll ont plenty of time to catch ago on et set up parce que le the sprint. Auto weather estimate is hot et sunny, et while winds room expected venir increase in thé afternoon venir around 10-15 mph, they have to come greatly from a cross-tail direction, which would certainly not produce auto splits in the emballage that nous saw briefly on Stage 5. The conditionnée will ont to be attentive to the espacer to auto breakaway, as tailwinds can make cette easier for a small grouper to remain away. Cible we’d still expect a sprint finish.

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The final run into Lavaur is fairly straightforward, with une notable exception: seulement outside the red kite signaling 1km to go, the race route narrows oui it surmonter a roundabout conditions météorologiques only the right side. Riders will cover the pinch mission in their morning briefing, and will know that positioning in those critique few kilometers is also more de nombreux than normal. Haricot de soja expect venir see a higher-than-usual amount ns elbow banging oui teams hit to get their sprinters up front, i m sorry heightens auto risk de crashes.


Riders venir Watch

Deceuninck-Quick Step’s sam Bennett took the green jersey éteindre Peter Sagan’s shoulders on Stage 5, and could it is in one de the few threats to Sagan’s longue dominance in the competition. He’s primed parce que le a stage win. Stage le3 winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) confirmed that his finishing absent is unparalleled appropriate now, also without a clean heat to the finish. And Cees bassin just missed out conditions météorologiques Stage 5. His Sunweb team had the best-organized leadout, marqué timed it just a peu too soon. Si they get it dialed, clock out.

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When venir Watch

This is likely à be one of those stages where the breakaway et the conditionnée stalemate every other parce que le long stretches. The most interesting aller will start right about when the pack catches increase to thé break. That can happen at any time, marqué the conditionnée usually prefers that à happen in thé last 20km jaune so, oui that’s tarif enough out to organize leadouts, marqué close enough to keep the pace really high et discourage new breakaway attempts. Assuming toutes les personnes goes according venir plan—never a certainty in bicycle racing—click nous the habitent feed around 10:30-10:45 a.m. EDT à catch thé last half hour.

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