Tuesday, 9 July 2013
#TDF13: after the rest day fascinating week in prospect leading to Ventoux
The Tour resumes today after yesterday's journée de repos with a marked change of tempo after Saturday and Sunday's hard days in the mountains. Today's stage across Brittant should see the sprinters come out to play with a bunch gallop in St. Malo. To date all the leading sprinters have a stage each. Will today see Cav reassert his customary authority or will Griepel win again as he has been consistently beating Cav and Sagan in the intermediate sprints.
Tomorrow is the shortish time trial with Froome expected to take further time off his rivals, in particular Contador and Valverde. Next up are two further sprinter friendly stages – firstly to Tours on Thursday and then Friday to Saint-Amand-Montrond. Saturday's hillier stage to Lyon could also see a sprint but may equally be a day on which a break manages to stay away.
Sunday – 14th July Bastille Day – sees one of the 100th edition's big highlights: the climb up Mont Ventoux from Bedoin. As last Saturday the sudden transition from relative flat to mountain slopes may catch out some riders.