When Tuesday July 8
From Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
To Lille Métropole
Where are we?
After crossing the Channel, the race resumes in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage (‘Paris-on-Sea’) which was a prestigious resort attracting wealthy Parisians in the late 1800s. The beaches are expansive with attractive dunes. The race heads away from the coast and across country to Lille and the French part of Flanders.
What’s on the route?
The roads rise and fall gently, with just two fourth-category climbs along the way — the Côte de Campagnette after 34km and the Mont Noir after 117.5km.
What might happen?
In common with the first and third stages, a break will go away, and its advantage will be restricted to a manageable margin, then reeled in, by the peloton. And then a bunch sprint.
If you’re there
Le Touquet is home to some fantastic seafood restaurants. We recommend the fish soup and oysters.
The northern part of France can be lumpy and windy, but the terrain flattens out as we approach Flanders. Lille is the third-most-important city to the French economy, after Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1.1 million in the metropolitan area.