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Cycling: Last chance for sprinters as mountains await

Published on Jul 5, 2013 6:38 PM
 
A sign reading 2429km indicates the distance remaining until the finish on the Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris at the departure village in Montpellier, before the start of the 205km seventh stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Montpellier and Albi, south-western France on Friday, July 5, 2013. After two days tailored for the sprinters, the Tour de France moves slowly towards the Pyrenees mountains on Friday with the 205km seventh stage from Montpellier to Albi. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONTPELLIER (AFP) - After two days tailored for the sprinters, the Tour de France moves slowly towards the Pyrenees mountains on Friday with the 205km seventh stage from Montpellier to Albi.

But before the really big climbs of Saturday and Sunday, there should not be too much punishment for the peloton, even if there are a total of four categorised ascents on the menu.

The most testing of those will be the category two Col de la Croix de Mounis, while the last, the category four Cote de Teillet 34.5 km from the finish, should be too far from the line to be used as a springboard for a "puncher" with victory ambitions.

The main yellow jersey contenders will be saving themselves for the challenges in store at the weekend.

 
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