Sunday July 20th, 2014

Stage 15Tallard / Nîmes

Start 12h10 (Local time)

Echelon, breakaway or bunch sprint?

The of the town20.07.2014Stage 15- Tallard / Nîmes

Will the expected echelon take place today on the road to Nimes? The flat and wind-exposed terrain of the Rhone valley and the proximity of the sea from Beaucaire and Tarascon in the finale gave ideas to some teams after the spectacular coup achieved in the wind last year in St Amand-Montrond.

In the same time, sprinters teams will be keen to exploit their last chance to shine before Paris and one thinks of Cannondale and Peter Sagan, out for revenge after missing out on stage wins so far.
Finally, a breakaway is also quite possible and might go all the way for once.
For Bretagne Seche team manager Emmanuel Hubert, "there will be a breakaway AND an echelon".
"There will be a breakaway involving a Bretagne Séché rider of course. And it can go far because the start of the stage is rather tricky and the peloton will take some time to chase", he forecast, hoping that one of his riders will be in contention for stage honors.
"But there will also be an echelon because, whatever the weather forecasts say, one of my guys on the spot tells me there are violent wind spells from Beaucaire. It could also help the escapees," Hubert said.

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