Chalon-sur-Saône (dpa) - marathon day at the 106th Tour de France! Today (11:35 pm / One and Eurosport), the drivers have to overcome 230 kilometers from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône, it is the longest part of this year's Tour of France.
The stage on the day after the first mountain finish is not particularly difficult, which is why the Ineos contenders for defending champion Geraint Thomas are likely to hold back this time.
STAGE: The furthest part of this tour leads cyclists southwest towards Saint-Etienne. The three hill tests (two in the fourth category and one in the third) are all in the first 120 kilometers, which is why the Sprinter teams should be here for a mass race. The general classification drivers have peace after the climbing in the Vosges.
FAVORITES: The Slovakian cycling star Peter Sagan of the German team Bora-hansgrohe is again one of the hot contenders. Other ambitious sprinters like Australian Caleb Ewan and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen have not yet achieved the hoped-for stage victory in the Tour.
YELLOW JERSEY: The Italian Giulio Ciccone is on the seventh stage as the new overall winner. But the 24-year-old's advantage over the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe is only six seconds. France's darling should try everything to get back to yellow. On the flat piece this seems unrealistic.
GERMAN: Also this stage does not look as if it could give the first German individual victory in this year's Tour. André Greipel may have tormented the mountain arrival in the Vosges Mountains, he was at the start even in a breakaway group. Also for Nils Politt this stage is not ideal, because the sprint teams want to prevent a breakaway group.
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