Tour de France - Stage 10 guide: Gilbert to challenge Cav
Sprinter Mark Cavendish has two days before the Pyrenees to score points in his quest for the Tour de France green jersey but the 158-km 10th stage to Carmaux could also favour main rival Philippe Gilbert.
Stage 10 – Tues, 12 July – Aurillac-Carmaux - 158km
Details: Following the first rest day, stage 10 is short but hardly ever flat, with four lower category climbs on the agenda before a likely sprint finale in the Tarn town of Carmaux.
Watch out for: Heat and hills – with the race heading further south, the temperature should be on the rise, and coupled with a series of tough hills, this short stage will be no day of rest.
Prediction: Although a bunch sprint is likely, this is hardly an ideal stage for sprinters. With all those rolling climbs, expect a breakaway to form early on the road. But hard work from HTC and Garmin-Cervelo should see the Cavendish-Farrar rivalry continue. That said, a breakaway could stick seeing that tomorrow's stage is a far better prospect for the fast men.
History: The race visits Carmaux for the first time in history, but the start town of Aurillac featured in the 2008 race, when Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez counter attacked from a breakaway group to take the stage seven scalp in Aurillac.