Climaxing with a descent and flat two kilometre section to the finish, stage seven is expected to draw a different approach from defending champion Chris Froome, whose trademark attack on the first mountain stage of the Tour seeming less likely with the volume of climbing to come in the following stages.
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The 183km stage eight, consisting of four considerable climbs, has the potential to deliver the first successful breakaway of this year’s Tour with the likes of Thomas ‘Mr Breakaway’ Voeckler having previously won stages to Bagnères-de-Luchon in the past.
With almost 50km of climbing set for stage nine and the first proper summit finish of this years Tour, the race to Andorra will no doubt be a crucial stage in the shaping of the general classification, with the big names such as Froome and Nairo Quintana expected to be in contention for the stage win.