This is the longest stage of this 106th Tour de France. After the beautiful climb of the Vosges slopes and a new leader in the general classification, the Italian Ciccone, the peloton should find a semblance of calm along the 230 km before the sprinters are having a field day. Unless from here Chalon-sur-Saone, the birthplace of Nicéphore Niepce, the inventor of photography, a breakaway is coming to an end.
Some reliefs on the program. The 174 riders still in contention are not quite finished with the climbs. Three are registered in their program but they are of lesser difficulty compared to the menu of the day before. In entrance the collar of Ferrière as of km 37,5 (2,7 km of rise to 4,6% of average slope), then the coast of Chassagne-Saint-Denis to km 95,5 (4,3 km to 4 , 7%) and finally the coast of Nas-sous-Sainte-Anne at km 119.5 (3.5 km at 5.7%). Everything becomes flat then at km 140.5.
The sprinters at work. If the peloton manages to resume all possible escaped, it will be interesting to see if a hierarchy is finally emerging. None of them are flying over the debate for the moment. With the exception of Slovak Peter Sagan winner in Colmar and Viviani perfectly launched by his team Deceuninck in Nancy. Alexander Kristoff (UAE) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo) will probably want to shine in their turn.
Remember. Chalon hosted only five arrivals from the Tour, the last of which was in 1988. It is an eternity. At the time Thierry Marie had won the penultimate stage after 223.5 km. Specialist timed events, Marie had finished detached. It was the Spaniard Pedro Delgado who brought yellow to Paris the next day.
The fictitious departure is scheduled from Belfort at 11:20, actually launched at 11:35, and the arrival in Chalon-sur-Saone should take place around 17:03 (with an average calculated at 42 km / h).