'It won't be easy': Tour de France peloton expect tough stage seven

The race has an early start as the caravan makes its way towards the Alps

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The mountains are a day closer, but the Tour de France peloton are not expecting stage seven to be a gentle warm-up.

Friday’s 249.1km route is the longest stage in 21 years and the final 100km are packed with five categorised climbs, the last topping out with just 10km to go.

Predicting a winner is a hard task, with sprinters possibly able to contest the finish should they not be dropped on the final climb, while punchier riders will be excited by the opportunity to attack.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.