On Monday Cyclists currently competing in the annual Tour De France race are cooling down as they take a break from harrowing 9 days since kick off day.
The 10th stage is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, tomorrow from Île d’Oléron to Île de Ré. This is the flattest stage of the 2020 Tour de France, but it still could be dramatic.
According to organisers, this stage begins at Le Château-d’Oléron and quickly takes a viaduct across the Atlantic onto the mainland.
From there the riders wind their way south along the coast to Royan, at which point the race heads inland and then north toward Rochefort.
The race then hugs the coast again as the stage continues its way north to the Intermediate Sprint in Châtelaillon-Plage, through La Rochelle, and finally west onto the Île de Ré for the finish.
Focus on Riders
This should be a stage for the sprinters, but with crosswinds a strong possibility, it could end in a fashion similar to Stage 7 in Lavaur, where Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert won his second stage of this year’s Tour from a reduced peloton.
If crosswinds indeed split the race in the final hour, van Aert will be top contender along with Quick-Step’s Sam Bennett and BORA-Hansgrohe’s Peter Sagan, both still winless in this year’s Tour.
And keep an eye on B&B Hotels-Vital Concept Bryan Coquard. The Frenchman finished third on Stage 7 and seems to be getting better as the race progresses.