Preview: Tour de France's longest day offers chance for break to go the distance

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe on the offensive on stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de France
Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe on the offensive on stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Tour de France organisation will commemorate the late Jacques Chirac with a finish outside the museum that bears his name in Sarran on stage 12, but the race's visits to the fiefdom of the former president of France will be forever linked with the tumultuous summer of 1998 and Richard Virenque's tearful press conference in the backroom of Chez Guillou in the aftermath of Festina's expulsion.

Despite the sword of Damocles perched above four teams in the wake of the battery of COVID-19 tests on the first rest day, however, there seems to be little immediate prospect of such melodrama on this year's visit to the Corrèze.

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