At last, the mountains. Kind of a shame this stage couldn't have happened a day earlier to separate the peloton a bit more, but oh well. This one is a beauty, with a mountaintop finish:
That finish is nasty - one of the steepest climbs in France outside of the Alps or Pyrenees. A close-up:
So after riding 193 km (120 miles), these guys get to cover 5.9 km (3.7 miles) of double-digit inclines. That should be a doozy. Will anyone attack? One hope from after the terrible crash is that maybe it will force the climbers who lost time to really throw caution into the wind from here on out.