Stage 13: Bourg D’Oisans to Saint Étienne
There’s enough flat terrain and wide roads in the final couple of hours for sprinter teams to get organized.
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Green jersey terrain
After five days in Alps, including the two toughest climbing stage and a rest day, all the GC teams will be hoping for a respite. But those who have been riding conservatively in the gruppettos awaiting their time to shine will be eager to shoot for a stage win.
This could mean success for a long-distance breakaway even though the sprinters will be hoping their teams can keep things together for a rare mass finish. On leaving the Alps, the stage will pass through Grenoble, hit a few minor climbs, and then cross the Rhône valley, where there should be no risk of echelons forming.
There’s enough flat terrain and wide roads in the final couple of hours for sprinter teams to get organized that could lead to a new battle for the green jersey—especially as we’re heading into the hometown of Les Verts (“The Greens”), the nickname of Saint-Étienne’s hugely popular football team.