106km to cover: The average speed so far is 41.5 km/h. The temperature is 30.3C in the shade, and therefore considerably warmer than that on the road. It’s going to be hot for the runners.
108km to cover: The peloton is complete after 15km of racing. The significant points along the route are as follows:
Intermediate sprint: Faucogney and the Sea
Ascent Cat 2: Côte d’Esmoulières
Category 1 climb: Ballon d’Alsace
Ascension Cat 1 (arrival at the top): The Super Planche des Belles Filles
The Women’s Tour de France – back in a new format after a 33-year hiatus – has had no shortage of drama over the past week. There was the raw speed of Team DSM sprinter Lorena Wiebes, who won two stages, starting in Paris last Sunday when she took the yellow jersey with a fearsome sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées.
Not to mention the unparalleled racing skill and all-round ability of Jumbo-Visma’s Marianne Vos, who also won two stages and took the yellow jersey for herself until Annemiek van Vleuten. main dish for Movistar Team on the first big mountain stage yesterday.
The emotion of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) after her superb stage victory in Champagne was another memorable moment, but where does that leave us? The situation in the General classification before today’s last stage, after Van Vleuten’s domination yesterday, the Dutchman leads second-placed Demi Vollering (SD Worx) by 3 minutes 14 seconds. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM Racing) is third overall, 4:33 behind the pace set by Van Vleuten.
Can a rider or a team hope to revise Van Vleuten and Movistar? It seems an impossible task but there is always the prestigious prospect of a stage victory at the top of La Super Planches des Belles Filles. The peloton is off and rolling for stage eight. Go on !