This first week of the Tour has drawn up some trends, put the favorites in orbit or severely showered some hopes among the peloton. In the aftermath of a Pyrenean weekend which left some traces in the bodies, most certainly in some heads too, and a well-deserved rest on Monday, this Tuesday is the day of recovery. But, rest assured, the day’s stage looks more like a 168.5 km iodized ride than another day of suffering. For the first time in the history of the Tour de France, the start and finish points are on two different islands, between Château-d’Oléron and Saint-Martin-de-Ré, where the wind will remain the main and the only difficulty of this 10th day of racing. Watch out for the edges that could be a spoiler on this seemingly quiet course.
Almost three kilometers of bridge
On this completely flat route, an intermediate sprint is planned at Châtelaillon-Plage before entering the town of Angoulins, La Rochelle then crossing the bridge of nearly 3 kilometers to reach Saint-Martin-De-Ré, among the swamps. A sprint finish is strongly anticipated and the runners are expected between 5:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Apart from the wind, the meteorological conditions, with a radiant sun and a mild temperature, should magnify the postcard setting offered by this stage of the Tour de France.