'It’ll be a GC day for sure': Stage set for fireworks as Tour de France enters Pyrenees

Riders expect the GC battle to get underway on stage eight of the 2020 Tour de France

Stage six of the 2020 Tour de France (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Many had expected the GC battle of the 2020 Tour de France to start unfolding earlier than usual as two mountain stages had been placed within the first six days. This failed to materialise, though, as time gaps remained small and riders didn't want to risk blowing up with a big attack early on.

"Everyone's also a little bit cautious maybe a bit defensive in the first week," said race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). "Why do you want to put yourself out in the line and use up your energies to then lose time in the second third week?"

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