The Tour de France classification will be re-shaped in today’s stage to Morzine-Avoriaz, according to seven-time winner Lance Armstrong.

“The key is La Ramaz, which is the climb before Morzine. It is very difficult, there are patches with eight, nine, 10 per cent,” explained Armstrong. “There will be selection, it won’t be like today [Saturday – Ed.]”

Yesterday, Armstrong finished in a group with Sky’s Bradley Wiggins and the other overall favourites behind race winner Sylvain Chavanel. Frenchman Chavanel took the leader’s yellow jersey and leads the race by 1’25” over Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and 1’55” over Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

Luxembourg’s Schleck is the highest place classification rider with Evans, while Armstrong sits 1’21” behind Schleck. Therefore, Schleck’s Saxo Bank team manager, Bjarne Riis, plans a defensive race.

“I see no reason to ride [on the offensive],” said Riis. “The Tour de France is still long and we are in a good position with Andy, which is the most important [aspect] right now.”

Today’s 189-kilometre stage to Morzine-Avoriaz is the first of six high-mountain stages in this year’s Tour de France.

The stage features two category four climbs in the first half, but the meat of the stage is in the rears: La Ramaz, Les Gets and Avoriaz. Both La Ramaz and Avoriaz are over 1600 metres in altitude and 13 kilometres in length.

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Tour de France 2010: Photos

Stage seven photo gallery

Stage six photo gallery

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Tour de France 2010: Videos

Stage seven video highlights

Stage six video highlights

Stage five video highlights

Stage four video highlights

Stage three video highlights

Stage two video highlights

Stage one video highlights

Prologue video highlights

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