It’s MVDP vs Wout van Aert again

The Tour de France is no longer in Brittany but holds its first stage in the Mayenne department of the Madiot brothers since 1999. It’s a 27km individual time trial from Changé to Laval on the same distance that enabled Julian Alaphilippe to win around Pau two years ago. Current race leader Mathieu van der Poel doesn’t sound very optimistic in retaining the yellow jersey. He sees his arch-rival Wout van Aert as the main candidate for the overall lead. The Belgian is 31’’ down on him on GC while Alaphilippe is at 8’’. European time trial champion Stefan Küng is another favourite for the stage victory. It’s a course for specialists, especially on the way back to Laval with wide roads and a possible head wind.

La Mayenne et le Vieux-Château
La Mayenne et le Vieux-Château © Ville de Laval /Kevin Rouschausse

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