C. Prudhomme's comment
The foothills of the Massif central are never kindly. The passage through the Ardèche gorges, already demanding, will be followed by an even tougher exploration of the Causses and Cevennes areas. In other words, only the strongest will be able to battle it out for victory on the heights of Mende. The most offensif of contenders should have the last word.