The sprinters will have the ideal opportunity to duel with each other on the 1,100m finish straight that awaits them in Blagnac. That’s assuming that they don’t lose too much of their vim climbing to the hilltop villages of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Puycelsi, the latter particularly tough. What’s more, they must avoid being ambushed by the wind on the endless straight out of Grenade, shortly after the 100km mark.

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