This transition stage at the halfway point of the Tour will likely be another toss-up between breakaway specialists and the sprinters’ teams. With only two Cat 4 climbs to disrupt the chase, the latter will likely emerge victorious, earning the fast men a chance to duke it out in Saint-Fargeau. The finish is slightly uphill, suited better to the pocket-rocket style of a compact sprinter like Rabobank’s Oscar Freire rather than Liquigas's bulky big man Daniele Bennati.
Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by LeTour.com. Actual stage may vary slightly.
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