So today I fancy contenders for the Mountains Jersey will be keen to grab as many points from the first two climbs and a break may be allowed to stay away. The finish is quite hilly with a 3rd Cat coming at 18.5K before the uphill finish. This may not suit the sprinters but could be an opportunity for Peter Sagan to get another stage.
Yesterday's tough stage took its toll with a number of abandons:
Gustav Larsson, Rob Ruijgh, Bauke Mollema, Lieuwe Westra, Mark Renshaw and Robert Gesink, while Yuriy Krivtsov and Alessandro Petacchi were eliminated because of finishing outside the time limit. Petacchi crashed on the descent from the Col de la Croix de Fer and may have broken some ribs.
There are now 166 riders left out of the 198 that started; Tyler Farrar, 2 hours 20 minutes behind Wiggins, is la lanterne rouge.