When Monday, July 18
Impact on GC 1/5
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The first part of the stage uses some winding roads, and there are a few stiffer climbs when the route switches between valleys.
At first the stage goes north, then it heads east to the finish. It will be a difficult stage for a sprinter to win. There’s a pause in the route’s undulations just before Berne, but the riders face a steep climb to the finish.
It’s possible that a sprinter could win today, but the uphill finish could mean it comes down to the puncheurs. The lull in the climbing before Berne will allow the fastmen’s teams to gain control, although the climb to the finish does them no favours, again!