TUESDAY JULY 6. WANZE-ARENBERG PORTE DE HAINAUT, 213KM
WHERE ARE WE?
The funnier Classics specialists will probably spend most of the day riding up to Alberto Contador and saying, "Welcome to Hell, boy", before patting him on the back and laughing. We're hitting the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix with a stage to Arenberg — the last thing riders like Contador want to do. He's going to be well out of his comfort zone.
WHAT'S ON THE ROUTE?
Seven sectors of pavé, totalling just over 13 kilometres of bone-juddering, Spaniard-vibrating cobbles. The first, at 85km to go, won't hurt too badly, but there are two at 44 and 40km to go. Then Sars et Rosières, Tilloy lez Marchiennes, Wandignies Hamage and Haveluy, all between 27 and 10km to the finish.
except Boonen, have a GC contender to look after. The Belgian should be the favourite. Wiggins can also ride the cobbles, and has a good chance of being in yellow by the end of the day.
PAVE SECTOR Tilloy lez Marchiennes (2,500ml 16:58
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