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Sprinters back to the party?

After leaving the high mountains behind, the Tour de France 2022 will begin its ascent towards Paris with a stage almost devoid of difficulty between Castelnau-Magnoac and Cahors, during which the wind could however play spoilsport.

Will the 19th stage be that of a return to calm after the storm? The day after an arrival in Hautacam which undoubtedly fixed the hierarchy in the general classification definitively, the peloton will experience a less complicated day this Friday between Castelnau-Magnoac and Cahors. A 188.3km course which will be launched from the city which saw Antoine Dupont begin to practice rugby. The first part of this stage will be on a false flat going down to Auch, where the intermediate sprint will be placed at kilometer 38.4. It will then be necessary to see if the peloton, in particular the sprinter teams, grant a good exit to a breakaway. Otherwise, it will be a good opportunity to see the state of form of the forces involved after three days in the Pyrenees which have been trying for those who experience the most difficulty when the road turns up.

The wind as a surprise guest?

Between Fleurance (km 62.7) and Valence-d’Agen (km 105.5), the road will no longer be as flat but without this being able to disrupt the peloton. However, this 19th stage could also be a trap because a side wind is announced with insistence and the 30 kilometers of plain leading to the foot of the coast of the medieval city of Lauzerte (2km at 6.2% average), at kilometers 135.7, could give some ideas. The Côte de Saint-Daunès (1.6km at 6.3% average), penultimate difficulty on the program for this Grande Boucle 2022, will be located around thirty kilometers from the finish and could be a launching pad for courageous people wanting to disrupt the orderly organization of the sprinter teams. Otherwise, the excessively flat but somewhat technical finish will allow them to set themselves up for the explanation for the victory. It will then be time to turn to the last time trial of this Tour de France.

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