Today’s stage takes in a few of the climbs in LBL with 3 Cat 4 and 3 Cat 3 climbs all within the second half of the stage.
Would like to think there will be attacks off the final climb which is just 9km from the finish with 7km of that down hill……. But with what is to come I don’t expect this to pay off and think we are likely to see a sprint finish. As a one off stage, Vino and Monfort could be two candidates to give it a go but they have other work to do today and tomorrow. Maybe some guys from the French teams or those without a top sprinter or GC man to look to this stage as an opportunity for a stage victory so maybe Roche, Le Mevel, Rolland could have a go off the last climb.
With a fair few mountain points available, and the leader after today likely to hold the polka jersey for a few days, we could expect Voekler, Martinez and any others with designs on the KOM to set off in a break.
Despite all this optimistic talk of action I am resign to the fact that a sprint finish is the most likely out come and if so, Friere could be a good bet and I would be hopeful of Hushovd featuring, will Cav, Farrar and Ali-jet be able to hold on if the pace heats up over that last climb, personally I hope not and Hushovd could have the chance to increase his lead over Cav in the battle for the green jersey.
If we do get down to a sprint lets hope everyone can stay upright so we can actually see who has the pace out of the top sprinters.