Nice (AP) - After two days in Nice, the entourage of the 107th Tour de France leaves the Mediterranean coast and heads for the small town of Sisteron after a trip through Provence.

This is where the sprinters should look for their chance, after all, there aren't that many opportunities on this year's tour.

ROUTE: A mass arrival is offered for the fast men on Monday on the third section over 198 kilometers from Nice to Sisteron. Three mountains of the third and one of the fourth category do not promise a drive through Provence, but at least the last 50 kilometers are completely flat.

FAVORITES: The classic sprinters like Caleb Ewan (Australia), Sam Bennett (Ireland) and opening winner Alexander Kristoff (Norway) should have the best chance of winning the stage. You can always count on a man like ex-world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia).

YELLOW JERSEY: Julian Alaphilippe's yellow jersey shouldn't be in danger on this rather flat stage. France's darling is four seconds ahead of Adam Yates in pursuit. The contenders for the overall victory like last year's winners Egan Bernal and Primoz Roglic, but also Germany's hopeful Emanuel Buchmann will try to stay in the front field so as not to lose unnecessary seconds.

GERMAN: Old star André Greipel should still have the best chances of a top placement among the eleven remaining German professional cyclists. The 38-year-old has already won eleven tour stages in the mass sprint, but the last day's victory was four years ago. The fall on the first stage, when the Rostock native had to be sewn with four stitches, was certainly not beneficial either.

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