Next 10 days weather crucial for race
The first ten days of the Tour de France are full of the biggest names from the sport's biggest stage races, as riders continue to focus on the racing's top two stages in France.
As riders set off for the Alps, Stage 4 could also be one of the main moments in the GC battle, and there's a chance a stage win co보성출장샵uld swing the race in either direction.
A win on stage 4 will see the break of Movistar's Tejay van Garderen and Tejay van Garderen's teammates from the Dutch team go one better than the last three stage wins — stage 5 (Lyon), stage 7 (Covina) and stage 11 (Siegburg) — and add an additional stage win to the tally of the 2013 Grand Tours.
There is also a chance of getting the upper hand on the stage winner on stage 4, as Marcel Kittel (LottoNL-Jumbo) has just one win on the last four stages of the Tour, and he's still in contention for another.
In other race news, the GC riders are gearing up for one of the biggest battles of the 2017 season, the second half of the Tour de France, which kicks off on Sunday.
It won't come without some rain — the riders will hit the slopes of the Saint-Pierre de Tocquet in the Alps to finish out the stage to Ghent.
Into sunny conditions for the day: Sunday's stage should feature temperatures between the highs of 18 C and the lows of 17 C in the Alps.
A low of 15 C could cause the riders a lot of problems when there's little headwind, and could easily make for a very slippery race on flat land.
The roads might also be a bit overburdened in the first part of the Tour, with some sections of the course leading from flat plains to the highest point on the mountain.
Some riders could be left for dead in the final kilometers, and a lack of solid wind could make for a tense finale.
What we saw with two last-day GC race leader moves in 2014
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