This is the stage the remaining sprinters have been waiting for: a relatively flat 217km ride down to the Mediterranean. French riders in the peloton will be looking for a piece of Bastille Day glory – look for early breakaways! – and all will be hoping that the potentially strong winds will help rather than hinder today.
We are back in the home of the Camargue cattle, profiled by Essjaymoo in detail for Stage 15 last year. Unlike the Herens, which we saw fighting each other, these ones have another enemy in mind. This might add a little to the urgency with which the peloton attacks the route today.