Today’s stage of the Tour de France along the coast of Normandy has a sting in the tail that could suit the likes of Peter Sagan, rather than Mark Cavendish or Andre Greipel. Usually, Michael Matthews (Orica – GreenEdge) could have been expected to contest the win, but the Australian is struggling with injuries.
The riders will travel from Abbeville to Le Havre covering a distance of 191.5 kms. Along the way, there are three Category 4 climbs, which shouldn’t cause much difficulty. However, the finish could cause problems for some sprinters.
The finish in Le Havre is at the fort of Tourneville, 140 metres above sea level. The climb to the finish involves a 900 metres long climb with an average gradient of 7%. Apart from Sagan, the finish could also suit the likes of John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). However, the climb is possibly not difficult enough to distance the likes of Greipel, Cavendish or Alexandre Kristoff.
Tony Martin goes into the stage holding the yellow jersey and shouldn’t be troubled tomorrow.