Another stage is made for sprinters, as there are no difficulties, except for one ascent, which begins just 25 km after the start of this stage.
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Can Burma and his squad repeat the feat? It didn’t take much to eliminate Cavendish and Ewan from yesterday’s stage, but the 3.9km climb with an average of 2.9% will be softer for the sprinters, and more importantly, from the top to the finish there will be just 160km left. It is enough for Quick-Step and Lotto Soudal to bring back their main man, and certainly too long for the peloton to continue to pull.
After a few tough days and disappointments Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl are sure to bring this into the sprint. Caleb Yuen knows his sprint train is nothing compared to a wolf pack and instead he can just get behind the wheel Mark Cavendish at this time. Buzzing from his formidable victory, Arno Demar this time will seek to repeat with the two biggest sprinters.
As much as he is humiliated, Fernando Gaviria getting better every day. Pressed to the barrier, Benjamin Girmai will be a man on a mission. I like it Phil Bauhaus and Edward Thenes will be here roughly, but they seem to be missing something to win on the grand tour stage.
|★★★★★||Caleb Yuen||Arno Demar||Fernando Gaviria|
|★★★★||Mark Cavendish||Mark Cavendish||Mark Cavendish|
|★★★||Arno Demar||Caleb Yuen||Caleb Yuen|
|★★||Fernando Gaviria||Giacomo Nitzola||Edward Thenes|
|★||Phil Bauhaus||Fernando Gaviria||Arno Demar|