When Thursday July 10
Where are we?
Arras and its attractive town square, the Grand Place, suffered damage in both world wars. The stage takes the riders into Reims, a town in the east of France that is dominated by an imposing gothic cathedral. The race will pass through the Somme, where the battle took place 100 years ago.
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What’s on the route?
There are only two fourth-category climbs, the Côte de Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique after 107.5km and the Côte de Roucy after 157km. That doesn’t necessarily make it an easy day. The course twists and turns as it approaches Reims, and strong winds could help the breaks get away or stay away.
What might happen?
There will probably be a sprint finish but the false flat makes it more open. It might suit the more powerful sprinters rather than the pure fastmen.
If you’re there
Visit one of the Champagne houses. Reims is home to some of the most famous, including Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Lanson, Martel and Pommery.
Leaving the Somme behind and heading into Champagne country, with vineyards stretching into the distance.