Stage 5: Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille

This 219km stage has four categorised climbs, however with one classified as a cat 3 and the rest at cat 4 and a descent into the finish it’s predicted that victory will be fought amongst the fast men. Cowvendish has been doing it a bit tough so far, and Sagan seems to have let slip the cloak of invincibility he seemed to wear so easily earlier. Could the maillot jaune give Simmental Gerrans and OGE a boost to the finish, or will Griepel look at an opportunity to make his mark? Or perhaps the cow that won’t quit will come through.

We’d better hope that a cow-friendly rider comes through for us today, as we are pretty firmly in seafood territory. You know you’re clutching at straws when you scan the official site’s finish town info and wonder if the region’s soap is made from a cattle byproduct and whether that counts. Or if you can claim footballer Franck Lebouef as a win.

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It’s slim pickings for vache fans, that’s for sure.

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