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Stage 13

This is the only one of seven consecutive stages not to feature serious climbing.

The heat is likely to be stifling along the Mediterranean coast at this time of year, so perhaps a local man or someone from Italy or Spain will feel most at home to try a breakaway or win the sprint.

You certainly will not see much from the main contenders, who will desperately try to conserve energy.

BBC Radio Five Live's man on the Tour Simon Brotherton believes Robbie McEwen will win over this flatter stage. He said: "He is the form sprinter and needs a win in the green jersey points battle."

Previously: The Tour comes this way almost every year, yet Beziers last played host way back in 1958, when Pierino Baffi was the winner.

Don't miss: Two imported pastimes are popular in this lively working town - rugby and bullfighting.

Food and drink: Good red wine is plentiful in Languedoc-Rousillon, and Beziers is the centre of it.

Link: Beziers

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