French attacker Pierrick Fédrigo who already has four Tour de France stage wins under his belt went away during the first Pyrenean stage but the second one definitely suits his characteristics better. Now that Chris Froome has confirmed in the mountains his dominance in the flat part of the race, he’ll be even keener to let a breakaway go from far. Starting in Pau, the self-confessed “capital of the Tour”, for having hosted a stage on 66 occasions already (only Paris and Bordeaux have had more), stage 10 features two legendary climbs with the col d’Aspin and the Tourmalet prior to the final ascent to Cauterets. It’s a climbers’ paradise but probably more suitable for one of them who is quite far down on GC and will take place in a breakaway on the flat part of the race. Chris Froome has knocked his rivals out in such a significant way that they might wait for a while before they find the resources to hit back. The likes of Jean-Christophe Péraud, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot who all missed out on Bastille Day have some freedom to target a stage victory now but a second mountain stage isn’t only about the will, it’s more about the legs. Read more…
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