The sprinters will probably have focused on taking it easy during the previous time-trial.Out of several factors, that precaution could condition their speed on the final straight.Add to that the fact that the final corridor could be struck by a strong head wind which should condemn all breakaway attempts.
The only finish of a Tour stage in Montélimar in 2006 was decisive for the GC. A group of four riders reached the finish with an advantage of close to half an hour on the peloton. In this group, Jens Voigt claimed the stage win while Oscar Pereiro captured the Yellow Jersey. The Spaniard was only to lose it in the final time-trial before eventually getting it back after Floyd Landis was stripped of his victory.