So we enter France, finally! Today’s 197km stage looks to be fairly flat for the first half, but once the intermediate sprint is done at 119 km there are six categorised climbs to test the peloton, finishing with a Cat 4 at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The BBC Tour coverage hopes that Cav will be able to keep up with the leaders, however the Tour Guide has technical director Jean-François Pescheux saying
There is no chance of us seeing the sprinters in action at the finish… I think there will be lots of splits in the peloton.
In his column analysing Green Edge’s chances for sprint points, Rupert Guinness predicts that the sprinters will be aiming to be in the mix at the finish, with Peter Sagan a contender in a finish similar to his stage one win. Whatever happens, at least we’ve seen from the last couple of stages that BMC is working really well for Cadel, and that perhaps the same can’t be said for rival Wiggins with his Sky team.