An hour-long flight the evening before will enable the riders to sleep in Nice. Then they will have the morning to recover after the extremely tough passage through Corsica: in all likelihood, this should be the most physically demanding Grand Départ since San Sebastián in 1992! And now we come to this team time trial, where each team's time will be taken when their fifth rider crosses the line. Naturally, in what is a straightforward and relatively short test (25km), they are going to be moving quickly, very quickly! I am expecting an average speed of 55 kilometres/hour, and perhaps even more, on the Promenade des Anglais. There will be a duel between the Quick Step and Sky teams!
I did enjoy the stage yesterday, although obviously disappointed Sagan didn't quite finish it off. Loved the late attacks by Dumoulin and Chavanel though.
Today looks like it could be quite exciting, such a short TTT. Favourite would be Garmin, but I think Sky and Movistar will be on form too. Hopefully Geraint won't have too bad a day today.
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