Two years ago, Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet outsprinted World Champion Peter Sagan on the steep uphill arrival on Rodez. Probably more or less the same with strong punchers eyeing up the stage win. Except for Sagan and Van Avermaet the likes of Michael Mathews, Alejandro Valverde and Philippe Gilbert will be wide awake, too.
The Blagnac-Rodez stage is marked by a flat opening before the last 100 kilometres of the race are played out on more rolling territory. No inhumanly steep ramps however, although two intermediate KOM climbs are averaging 7% and 7.7% – yet, the Côte du viaduc du Viaur and Côte de Centrès both amount to merely 2.3 kilometres.
The end of the stage is something else, though – simply because it is the end of the stage. The Côte de Saint-Pierre is short too – 570 metres -, while it is averaging 9.6%. Two years ago Kelderman was the last attacker to be reeled in halfway up the climb before the race came down to a Van Avermaet/Sagan clash with the other riders more than 3 seconds in arrears.
By the way, the last 10 kilometres of today’s stage are played out on exactly the same roads as in 2015.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Read also: results/race report 14th stage 2017 Tour de France.
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