When: Thursday, July 19

Where: Marseille-Montpellier

Length: 182.5km

DESCRIPTION

Today’s stage kicks off in Marseille and from there it’s across the Camargue on a flat dash through Van Gogh country. It’s flat and exceedingly dry. If the mistral blows, as it does for 180 days of the year, then there will be crosswinds for the riders to cope with.

Apart from the wind and heat, only the otherwise forgettable Cote de Calissanne fourth-category climb 40km in will slow the riders down. Transition stages like this can go either way – sometimes the bunch isn’t interested in chasing down breaks, and sometimes they get all competitive, setting up a bunch finish for the sprinters. Either way, it’s unlikely to make an impression on the overall.

CW STAGE RATING

Scenery: 7/10

Difficulty: 1/10

Impact on overall: 0/10

ROUTE DETAILS

Km, Location, ETA, Feature

0, MARSEILE, 12:45, START

31.5, La Fare les iliviers, 13:53, Sprint

38, Cote de Calissanne, 14:02, Climb cat 4

92.5, Arles, 15:22, Sprint

102, Arles, 15:29, Feed station

182.5, MONTPELLIER, 17:19, FINISH

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