Start Time: 12:25 CET
Expected Finish: 17:25
The riders head East as they race on predominately flat roads from Remis to Nancy. The 7th stage of the 2014 Tour de France traveled on a similar route from Épernay to Nancy. The finale was pepped up by two cols before Matteo Trentin outgunned Peter Sagan in a blistering sprint on the line.
It is expected to be the pure sprinters battling it out for the stage honours this time. The route features two KOMs, but as these are both 4th category it’s likely to be more of an inconvenience for the sprint teams than anything else. The Côte de Maron – 3,2 kilometre at 5% – is crested 15 kilometres before the line.
The climb could make things interesting, but with so few stages for sprinters this year, look for Deceuninck–Quick Step and Lotto–Soudal to try and keep the race together for Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan, who can certainly handle an ascent as short as the Côte de Maron.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.