Tour de France 2016 stage 14 preview

Tour de France 2016, stage 14 description, map and profile: Saturday, July 16

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When Saturday, July 16
From Montélimar
To Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux
Length 208.5km
Category Hilly
Impact on GC 1/5

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After leaving Montélimar the riders head north, straight up the Rhône Valley to Lyon. The route dances around the edge of Lyon, before spearing off in a north-easterly direction to the finish.

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More than likely there will be a headwind all the way today, because south is the prevailing wind direction in this part of the Rhône Valley. If the Mistral blows it will be a terrible slog. That makes it almost worth betting on this stage having a bunch finish.

It will be so hard to stay clear in a headwind. Headwinds also boost the effect of being in the peloton, where for highly conditioned Tour de France riders there will be moments when they can cruise a bit to save their legs.

Chris Froome (Sky) will be one of those happy if the day turns out to be steady-paced. He placed second in the previous day’s time trial behind Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) to extend his overall lead. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) moves up to second, and Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) slips to third overall.

The sprinters will be hoping for a more straightforward stage too, having enduring the mountains and a long time trial.

Tour de France 2016, stage 14 - Saturday July 16, Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes, 208km

Tour de France 2016 stage 14 map

Tour de France 2016 stage 14 map