Another cross-country, transitional stage for the sprinters or likely breakaways. Riders get underway on their 200km-journey to thermal station Vittel in Tonnerre, which means 'thunder' in English. Will it inspire Norwegian fast man Thor ('the thunder god') Hushovd to take the honours in Vittel, where the mineral water and major sponsor of the Tour comes from?
- Race Home
- Stage 115.5km Monaco - Monaco (ITT)
- Stage 2187km Monaco - Brignoles
- Stage 3196.5km Marseille - La Grande-Motte
- Stage 439km Montpellier - Montpellier (TTT)
- Stage 5196.5km Le Cap d'Agde - Perpignan
- Stage 6181.5km Gérone - Barcelone
- Stage 7224km Barcelone - Andorre Arcalis
- Stage 8176.5km Andorre-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons
- Stage 9160.5km Saint-Gaudens - Tarbes
- Rest dayLimoges
- Stage 10194.5km Limoges - Issoudun
- Stage 11192km Vatan - Saint-Fargeau
- Stage 12211.5km Tonnerre - Vittel
- Stage 13200km Vittel - Colmar
- Stage 14199km Colmar - Besançon
- Stage 15207.5km Pontarlier - Verbier
- Rest dayVerbier
- Stage 16159km Martigny - Bourg-Saint-Maurice
- Stage 17169.5km Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Le Grand-Bornand
- Stage 1840.5km Annecy - Annecy (ITT)
- Stage 19178km Bourgoin-Jallieu - Aubenas
- Stage 20167km Montélimar - Mont Ventoux
- Stage 21164km Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris Champs-Élysées
- Race history
This is definitively a day for an attacker with its up and down all day, and a pretty nasty 3rd category climb close to the line.
The sprinters’ teams may not feel secure in their steed making it over a hill so close to the line.
However, an on-form Oscar Friere certainly can make it to the line on a day like this, so perhaps Rabobank will force the pace, pick up the attackers, drop the rest of the sprinters, and pick up a win.