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Stage 11: Sisteron — Bourg-lès-Valences

What is it? Sprinty!
Got Climbs? One early climb followed by a long descent to the flat finish.
Yellow Jersey Battle: Chillin'
Ideal Rider: Alessandro Petacchi. This one's for the sprinters.
@Gavia: Waiter! Waiter, there's a sprint in my mountains!

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An early climb starts off this stage between Sisteron and Bourg-lès-Valences. It's only a category 3, and shouldn't cause anyone too much difficulty. A long downhill drag follows the climb and offers plenty of road for the sprinters' teams to chase back the early break. Though the Alps may have sapped some of the sprint from the legs, there should still be plenty of speed left in the race. Oscar Freire, Tyler Farrar, Thor Hushovd, and Mark Cavendish have all previously made the finish in Paris, and should be ready to chase stage victory here.

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