When: Monday, July 9

Where: Dunkirk-Ghent

Length: 168.5km

DESCRIPTION

The start is in Dunkirk, on the north coast of France. The stage crosses east into Belgium after 16km, passing through cycling’s heartland on its way to Ghent.

Belgium’s a bilingual country but don’t ask for directions in French when you are in Ghent. The Flandrian locals will scowl and quite possibly tell you the wrong directions, in English.

There isn’t a single categorised climb on the whole stage. This one has ‘bunch sprint’ written all over it. Best of luck to Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) today after his crash on stage one through Kent.

CW STAGE RATING

Scenery: 2/10

Difficulty: 1/10

Impact on overall: 1/10

ROUTE DETAILS

Km, Location, ETA, Feature

0, DUNKIRK, 13:10, START

45 Boezinge, 14:26, Sprint

81.5, Westende, 15:16, Sprint

87, Slijpe, 15:24, Feed station

140.5, Aarsele, 16:37, Sprint

168.5, GHENT, 17:15, FINISH