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Stage 6: Chipping Norton - Oxford 142.9 km

A final day with the top 3 on GC separated by just 2 seconds means we’ll have a tense day with a fight for bonus seconds. There are 10,6,4 seconds in play at the finish and 3,2,1 seconds at each of the two intermediate sprints. FDJ have some defending to do.

Expected finish: 15:35 - 16:25 CEST

Inspector Morse of the Day: Lorena Wiebes

GC aside, there’s no changing that. So for clarity’s sake let’s say there are 6 & 4 seconds available at the finish instead.

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Stage 5: Pembrey County Park - The Black Mountain 106.6 km

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say when something is called “Black Mountain” there’s a decent chance it’s going to be bad. Very likely the GC deciding day today.

Expected finish: 14:50 - 15:25 CEST

Frodo Baggins of the Day: Elisa Longo Borghini

There are better riders on paper for a 7.2 km climb at an average of 5.3%, Moolman, Niewiadoma and maybe one or three Americans I would think, but ELB looks the sharpest in the bunch this week to me.

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Stage 4: Wrexham - Welshpool 144.7 km

This is where things start looking really challenging.

(Word of caution, this is one of the stages the organizers have warned they may have difficulties with the 4G transmission of images.)

Expected finish: 15:40 - 16:25 CEST

Welshwoman of the Day: Elisa Longo Borghini

Trek have been looking keen to position ELB in the finales even when they weren’t super suited to her. She could make use of this terrain.

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Stage 3: Tewkesbury - Gloucester 107.9 km

Rolling with a (great) chance of a sprint.

Expected finish: 14:45: - 15:25 CEST

Duchess of Gloucester: Lorena Wiebes

She’s pretty fast.

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Stage 2: Harlow - Harlow 92.1 km

After a trouble plagued stage 1 the only way is up. This should be a straight forward sprint day.

Expected finish: 14:25: - 14:55 CEST

Almost a Londoner : Lorena Wiebes

Unless she is banged up worse than it looked from yesterday DSM should get their revenge.

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Stage 1: Colchester - Bury St Edmunds 142.1 km

First out of the summer’s three big stage races is the Women’s Tour. This is going to be the sprintiest one of the three and historically it has been a tight GC where the fight for bonus seconds really matters. This edition has some decisive-looking climbs as well by the looks of it.

Expected finish: 15:40: 16:25 CEST

Suffolkating the competition : Lorena Wiebes

At the moment she is in a different galaxy from the nearest competition.

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