Stage 10: Vulcania to Issoire – 167 km
Date: July 11, 2023
Stage type: Hilly for the breakaway artists.
What to watch for: Riders looking to chase the polka dot jersey will want to be in this break.
Stage summary: Rarely has a stage been so perfectly crafted for a breakaway as this one.
The peloton will spin out its rest day legs as a breakaway group fights it out up front, racing across five categorized climbs before a mostly downhill run-in to Issoire. That front group will be full of hitters thanks to the string of early climbs that make the breakway selection particularly difficult.
Dane Cash’s picks: The likelihood of a breakaway win makes this one of the hardest stages to predict in the Tour. Wout van Aert is a fitting oddsmakers favorite because he could conceivably win from the escapees or from the bunch, but breakaways are such a crapshoot that it’s as likely to be someone out of left field. In any case, other riders to watch include Mathieu van der Poel, Magnus Cort, Matej Mohorič, Julian Alaphilippe, Matteo Jorgensen, and Søren Kragh Andersen.
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