There'll be a lot at stake for this first time-trial of the Tour. Long enough to manage significant gaps, it won't however exclude the climbers who will try to defend their positions on the roads overlooking the Gorges de l'Ardèche. The TV viewers around the world will have the opportunity to admire an incredible panorama.
Situated on the shores of the Rhône, the common is used to cycling races. The pack gathers there at the beginning of the season for the start of the Classic Sud Ardèche. During the 2015 edition of the race, Argentina's Eduardo Sepúlveda had captured the win. Little did he know that five years earlier one of his compatriots had triumphed in Bourg-Saint-Andéol: sprinter Juan José Haedo had indeed claimed a stage of the 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné.