Stage 5: Alès - Alès 10.6 km TT
Should be a great fight between Benjamin Thomas and Bettiol who is 7 seconds behind on GC, the two are pretty evenly matched in timetrials. And who knows what everyone’s new darling Tobias Halland Johannessen can do in a TT? He is just one second behind Bettiol.
Star of the Day: Alberto Bettiol
From the start it was Bettiol who looked most on form here, I’m guessing that makes the difference in the end.
Stage 4: Saint Hilaire de Brethmas - Le Mont Bouquet 146.7 km
An uphill finish today and a short but tough TT tomorrow to decide the overall winner.
Star of the Day: Pierre Latour
I could see him doing a sneaky strong climb to lure everyone into thinking he will have a great year.
Stage 3: Besseges - Besseges 155.7 km
Hilly with a sprint finish unless someone really frisky gets away.
Star of the Day: Mads Pedersen
Seems to be the overall fastest in this race.
Stage 2: Saint Christol lèz Alès - Rousson 156.2 km
Fun-looking puncheur finish with a steep final kilometer.
Star of the Day: Diego Ulissi
It seems to be UAE’s early spring.
Stage 1: Bellegarde - Bellegarde 160.9 km
In France the traditional season opening continues with the Étoile de Bessèges.
Star of the Day: Pascal Ackermann
Unless Mads gets that last bit just right this time.