The outcome is hard to predict on this stage that should suit a long breakaway. The climbs around Najac and Laguépie will offer a springboard for the most daring. But the sprinters who can deal with the hills, the last of them arriving with 23km to go, will be hoping that a reduced peloton will regroup coming into Albi, where the finish will be located at the foot of the episcopal precincts.

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