The 7th stage roles through the vineyards of the herault and into the Tam region. The stage consists of 4 climbs none of which are particularly tough. The toughest section of the stage comes in the middle third as riders will have to take on the Cold des 3 Vents (The Pass of 13 Winds) and the Croix do Mounis. This part of the course includes the hardest climb and may offer some riders the chance to breakaway from the bunch.
Due to the nature of the finally run in of this stage, if the break away group don’t build up a lead of several minutes it is likely that the bunch will catch up. As there is very little for the sprinters to enjoy in the coming days they will be pushing their teammates on to give all they can. The final meters of the stage will be battled adjacent to the Sainte-Cecile cathedral, a stunning backdrop that helped Albi earn UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2011.
Barry Hoban, said: “There are some decent climbs on this stage but the GC contenders will be waiting for tomorrow … It’ll be interesting to see how the sprinters react, as the final kilometres are downhill so they might want to chase. But it could be too late.” (www.cyclingnews.com)
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