When: Monday, July 9
Where: Dunkirk-Ghent
Length: 168.5km

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.

Scenery: 2/10
Difficulty: 1/10
Impact on overall: 1/10

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