I wondered if anyone was going? Might be good to meet up. Also interested in how the training was going and usual tech geeky stuff like gear ratios. It's 130km with 3500m of climbing which doesn't sound like an easy day out to me. I'm concerned about the heat.
Here's an examination of the route - http://roadcyclinguk.com/riding/riding-the-etape-du-tour-part-two-route-recce.html?utm_campaign=newsletter_20130501&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_rcuk