The Tour de France descends from the Alps and regains the heat on Tuesday in the tenth stage which links Albertville to Valence, the day after the first day of rest. The course, 190.7 kilometers long, favors the sprinters on condition of controlling the race. However, several teams have lost their specialists since leaving Brest (Ewan, Merlier, Démare, Coquard).
«It’s a rather easy restart, we do as easy as possible to get out of the Alps», Explains race director Thierry Gouvenou. But, adds the Traceur du Tour, “in the last 15 kilometers, we have drawn an arc that will expose the runners to the side wind», Common in the Rhône valley. And, consequently, to induce the formation of dreaded (or sought after) curbs for general classification riders.
Valence (65,000 inhabitants), where the temperature should reach 27 degrees on arrival, receives the Tour for the fourth time. During the last event in the city of Pierre Latour, now leader of the TotalEnergies team, the victory went to Peter Sagan. Three years later, the Slovak is still present in the peloton but he has been hampered by a painful knee since his fall at the finish of the third stage in Pontivy.
Departure from Albertville at 1:05 p.m. (launched at 1:20 p.m.), arrival in Valence around 5:34 p.m. (average calculated at 45 km / h).