Tour de France 2016, stage two description, map and profile: Sunday, July 3
When Sunday, July 3
From Saint Lô
Category Flat stage
Impact on GC 3/5
Start 13:00 CET
Finish 17:21 CET
Stage two will be like the previous day, but with a very different finish.
The riders roll out of Saint-Lô and head south for a few kilometres, before heading north-west. They hit the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula close to where the riders turned inland yesterday. Then they go up the coast and turn right across the thick end of the Cap de la Hague.
Then it’s into Cherbourg, a sharp left and the climb. It’s a steady gradient for the first 1,500 metres before the steep 14 per cent section, which lasts for 500 metres. After that the road descends for 500 metres, then it’s a straight eight per cent slog to the top.
Everybody will be in the mix today. The overall favourites have to go for it so they don’t lose time, and one of them could even win. The punchy single-day race specialists are more likely to take the stage though. And one or two sprinters might even fancy their chances.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) goes into the stage as race leader having won the opening day. On paper, the stage may not suit him, and we could see the yellow jersey change hands – albeit temporarily with another flatter stage on Monday.