Date: Saturday August 20
The second day in the Netherlands is the race’s first road stage. Starting in the town where the great Marianne Vos was born, this is a largely flat day with just a single Cat 4 climb to decide the first KOM leader.
This will be a sprint finish, but Escartín raises a tantalising prospect in his preview of the stage: “the proximity to the sea could provoke strong winds and add to the stage’s unpredictability.” Sounds great!
Who’s it for: The sprinters, obviously. None of them stayed close enough to Jumbo to potentially take the red jersey, but riders like Pascal Ackermann (UAE-Team Emirates, down 33 seconds after the TTT), will want some of the bonus seconds available (10, 6, and 4 for the top 3) so they can make a grab for it in the first week.