Except for a cheeky wee Cat 3 climb near the beginning of the stage, this is as flat as it’s going to get for the sprinters. The boys roll along the coast for much of the stage so you know what that means: possible crosswinds. And you know what that means: possible echelons. Movistar … I’d pay attention if I were you! If the crosswinds do play a factor today, the stage winner could come from the breakaway. However, if the peloton is together by the end of this stage, it’s going to be another bunch sprints. And you know what that means: Argonaut time, as John Degenkolb looks to continue his domination of the quick men.
What can we say about the finish itself? It’s a bit up and down – the final 1.5km of it a gentle incline, hardly enough to cause any difficulties. And the approach to the line looks relatively uncomplicated aside from a little left-right flick in the final couple of hundred metres. With the wind likely to be coming off the sea to their right, look for everyone to be looking to hug the left side of the road to try to get shelter from any crosswind.