Brioude – Aurillac, 159km

What will happen?
There are three possible scenarios today.

1. There is a chance Damiano Cunego could find himself in difficulty on the Pas de Peyrol, which could tempt the GC riders to press on. Then we could see a sprint featuring the likes of Valverde and Kirchen. Valverde wanted to win yesterday to repay his team-mates for their work between the Croix-Morand and Super Besse.

2. A break goes away and stays away, in which case, take your pick from about 150 riders

3. It splits into bits on the Pas de Peyrol and someone uses the final third-category climb, the Cote de St-Jean-de-Donne, with nine kilometres to go, as a springboard.

What are the climbs like?
The Pas de Peyrol is not an easy climb. Today is only 159 kilometres long and it doesn’t have a summit finish but it’s a harder day than yesterday. There’s a third-category climb right at the start, then it’s lumpy all day with two second-category climbs in quick succession – the first being the Col d’Entremont, the second is the Pas de Peyrol. The final climb is ideally situated for a late move, but it’ll need strong legs.

Will Kirchen stay in yellow?
Yes. And he could stretch his lead in green too. But it’s not going to be easy because he will be isolated. There’s only really Lovkvist and Siutsou who can stay with him to the end.

Who’s wearing the jerseys?
Yellow
Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia)
Green Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole)
Kirchen is leading the points competition
Polka-dots Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis)
White Thomas Lovkvist (Team Columbia)

CW’s tip for the win
It’s very, very difficult to say. Like the transitional stages between the Pyrenees and Alps, days like today are impossible to predict. However, CW likes the look of Moises Duenas’s jib. The Barloworld rider was right up there yesterday and he’s six minutes down overall so has space to move. If Duenas wins may we be excused hat-eating after the Cancellara debacle?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage six: Ricco storms to win
Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win
Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead
Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break
Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint
Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Millar to go for yellow [stage six]
Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]
Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win
Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]
Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]
Who is Romain Feillu?
Cavendish disappointed with stage two result
Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey
Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?
Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec
Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win
Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: PHOTOS

Stage five
Stage four
Stage three
Stage two
Stage one

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