Saint-Malo will host the only stage finish in Brittany. The ramparts behind the finishing line will make for an exceptional backdrop. Everything points to a good chance for a bunched sprint in the final. The escapees will be counting on the wind to trouble the pursuit, rather than the difficulties of the terrain.
The towns / A sporting view
Inhabitants of this town will remember the peloton’s last visit, in 2011, when they watched the riders speed past towards the neighbouring town of Redon - the place where the first bunched sprint of the Tour was won by Tyler Farrar. They could even claim a certain degree of expertise in the discipline of sprinting, since last year’s Saint-Gildas-des-Bois stage of the Tour of Brittany was won by a then young finisher who was to become one of the fastest of his discipline. His name: John Degenkolb.
Cantonal capital in Loire-Atlantique (44)
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
Starting from Porto-Vecchio, the peloton’s route rarely strays far from the coast. Here, it joins the Brittany coast where it takes in one of the region’s crowning glories, the Pirate City. Although Saint-Malo has been a finish stage town on seven occasions, mainly dominated by the sprinters, the Tour’s last visit was in 2008 for the departure of a stage which set out towards Nantes. Samuel Dumoulin managed to get the edge on the other riders in the breakaway, a line up which included Romain Feillu who was to conquer the Yellow Jersey.
Sub-prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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