The first part of the stage, which is quite flat, will lead to the Château d’Effiat, before a return to Clermont-Ferrand where the finish suits puncheuses. In order to win the stage and claim the Yellow Jersey, the riders will have to deal with the Côte de Durtol (1.7km at 7.2%) and then the treacherous balcony route that passes through Chamalières to reach a 450m-long finishing straight.

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