Back Swinging. After what seems like both forever, and no time at all, we’re headed to the final stanza of this year’s Tour. Today’s stage is another medium mountain stage, with only one Cat. 2 climb to deal with, followed by a short descent into the town of Gap.
The day is a steady climb uphill for the majority of the day, with two sharp descents that may be of note for general standings — the descent that leads to the Col de Manse (the climb of the day) and then the 11km after the summit of the Col, which is all downhill to the finish.
A demon descender such as Sammy Sanchez may have a crack at some more seconds over the top of this hill, but it is unlikely that anyone else in contention would have a swing.