The stroke of a pen on the map of France says it all: 232 kilometres. It'll be the longest stage and it should have an effect on the legs in the closing moments. The beautiful flat roads going through the Haute-Vienne area should favour the sprinters. Just as much as the final slightly uphill straight ending the stage in front of the City hall.
After Granville and Christian Dior, the peloton of the 2016 Tour will look for inspiration in the native city of Coco Chanel whose creations match in terms of elegance with the riding technique of the horse riders of the famous Cadre Noir. But it was the performance of Stephen Roche in 1987 on a time-trial between Saumur and the Futuroscope that might struck cyclists even more. After his success at the Giro, the Irishman had confirmed, thanks to that win, that he was the main favourite of the race.