Nice (AP) – After two days in Nice, the entourage of the 107th Tour de France leaves the Mediterranean coast and, after traveling through Provence, heads to the small town of Sisteron.
This is where the sprinters should look for their chance, after all there aren’t that many chances on this year’s tour.
ROUTE: A mass finish is offered for the fast men on Monday on the third part of 198 kilometers from Nice to Sisteron. Three mountains of the third and one of the fourth category do not promise a ride through Provence, but the last 50 kilometers are in any case completely flat.
FAVORITES: Classic sprinters such as Caleb Ewan (Australia), Sam Bennett (Ireland) and opening winner Alexander Kristoff (Norway) should have the best chance of winning the stage. You can always count on a man like ex-world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia).
YELLOW JERSEY: Julian Alaphilippe’s yellow jersey should not be endangered on this fairly flat stage. The darling of France is four seconds ahead of Adam Yates in the chase. The contenders for the overall victory such as last year’s winners Egan Bernal and Primoz Roglic, but also the hopeful German Emanuel Buchmann, will try to stay in the front in order not to lose unnecessary seconds.
GERMAN: Old star André Greipel should still have the best chances of a top placement among the eleven remaining German professional riders. The 38-year-old has already won eleven tour stages in the bunch sprint, but the victory on the last day was four years ago. The fall on the first stage, when the resident of Rostock had to be sewn with four stitches, was certainly not favorable either.