Well, I suspect a breakaway will form today and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Benoît Cosnefroy or one of his Ag2r-La Mondiale team-mates getting into it, but once the climbs are done with then I imagine the sprint teams will be doing their best to set up their men.
Should the predicted winds turn up, then riders such as Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) would be the favourites to take the stage win. Both ride for Belgian squads who are especially well versed in the art of riding in the wind. Ewan is also a rider that often excels when sprinting into a headwind, so it will be interesting to see which way the wind blows this afternoon.
Cees Bol (Sunweb) has been looking really stromng in the opening week, narrowly missing out on Wednesday after he was pipped on the line by Wout van Aert (Kumbo-Visma). Of all of the teams with sprinters, Bol perhaps has been given the best leadouts of all thus far.
Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates ), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and the aforementioned Van Aert are also riders to watch here today.