Between the flat stages and the roof of the tour there is a hilly section towards the Pyrenees. The profile is ideal for outliers. There could also be an opportunity for the German professionals.
Quillan (dpa) – In the direction of the Pyrenees! After a largely flat second week so far and Mark Cavendish’s 34-win record setting, things are now getting a little more difficult again.
Up to 30 degrees, blazing sun and a demanding profile are definitely a foretaste of Sunday and the tough final week that follows for the professionals at the 108th Tour de France.
ROUTE: It gets really hilly on the 183.7 kilometers from Carcassonne to Quillan. Three mountains in the second category and two climbs in the third category have to be mastered, the second half of the race being the much more difficult one. For the professionals, it is a first foretaste of the Pyrenees stages that are on the program from Sunday.
FAVORITES: This section could be world champion Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman has an explosive start and has already proven on this tour that he can be expected. All-rounder Wout van Aert could also enjoy the stage, but this week he has already won a stage on the Ventoux stage and has spent himself in the process.
YELLOW JERSEY: The hilly ups and downs are probably not difficult enough to endanger Tadej Pogacar. While runaways and stage hunters will be looking for their chance, Rigoberto Uran and Jonas Vingegaard should wait another day. Because the first real Pyrenees stage is already on Sunday, with the Port d’Envalira (2408 meters), among other things, the roof of the tour will be crossed.
DEUTSCHE: As furious and courageous as Nils Politt asserted himself in Nimes on Thursday, the 27-year-old should be a role model for other German outliers. The profile could be veteran Simon Geschke from the Cofidis team. “The term tour is often used. It starts in May. Of course, other races are important, but the tour is the focus of attention, ”said Geschke about the importance of the tour.
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