25/06 - Stage 19 - Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Bergerac - 208.5 km
After three hard days in the Pyrenees, it’s now time for the fast riders to shine. However, a steep climb near the finish may give us a surprise winner.
Looking at the profile, this stage seems extremely harmless. The sprinters will have this day marked in the road book as their last chance to win before Paris. Starting out in Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour, the peloton heads north the entire day towards the finishing line in Bergerac. The weather forecast shows a 50 % chance of rain and a slight crosswind.
We can expect a breakaway to get away early on in the stage. The GC riders want to save as much energy as possible before tomorrow’s time trial. It’s up to the sprinters’ teams to make sure that the break isn’t too big and uncontrollable.
After 175 km on the bike, the terrain starts to get a little hilly. Several small, uncategorized hills are awaiting the riders. In theory, these won’t trouble the sprinters. However, the category 4 climb, Côte de Monbazillac, most certainly will.