When Friday July 25
From Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour
Where are we?
Maubourguet is one of the 10 cantons that make up the Pays du Val d’Adour, which straddles the three French départments of Gers, the Hautes-Pyrénées and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and is a first-time Tour town. From there, we head into wine country; the Dordogne is one of the largest wine-producing regions in France.
What’s on the route?
The Côte de Monbazillac, 13km from the finish, is the penultimate categorised climb in this year’s race, and so the penultimate chance to score mountain-jersey points if the competition is still close enough. Similarly, the intermediate sprint at 130km with its offering of points towards the green jersey could also be hotly contested.
What might happen?
The sprinters’ teams will be desperate to hold everything together for a bunch gallop, and are likely to work together to ensure it happens; this is their last chance before the finale in Paris. Look for the usual suspects, such as Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel to either add to their win tallies or perhaps just be opening their accounts.
If you’re there
Settle down in Bergerac with a Monbazillac dessert wine. Because you’re worth it.
We leave the mountains behind us and head into the far gentler hills of the Dordogne.