When Sunday July 20
Where are we?
Leaving the Alps behind it’s destination Nîmes, with its spectacular Roman amphitheatre, nestled neatly between Provence to the east, the Cévennes National Park to the north and, to the south, the Camargue — region of wild horses and even wilder winds.
What’s on the route?
It’s a flat run to Nîmes with not a King of the Mountains point to be had.
The intermediate sprint at La Galine with less than 50km to go will be hard-fought after two days in the Alps, and with green-jersey points on offer there and at the finish, those with designs on the jersey will have to make the day count.
What might happen?
Everything points to a bunch sprint, but the strong winds in this region mean that the sprinters’ teams — and the overall contenders — will need to have their wits about them if they don’t want to end up on the wrong side of a split in the bunch.
If you’re there
Try the Brandade de Nîmes — a traditional fish dish consisting of salted cod mashed with olive oil and milk or cream, and normally served with potatoes.
Flat, windswept and stunningly beautiful, it’s La France profonde en route to Nîmes.