After the incredible highs and lows of the Alpine stages, the peloton turns back to terra-firma for a flat stage. Rolling out of the iconic town of Bourg d'Osians at the base of Alpe d'Huez the stage heads south west to Valence on the way to the final onslaught in the Pyrenees.
Another opportunity for the sprinters, the Yellow Jersey and Polka Dot jersey should get a respite.
If the sun comes out a very hot, energy sapping day that may well get faster for the final sprint finish and rolling hills into Valence, with only the strongest sprinters with the freshest legs will feature on the finish line.
By now fatigue will be setting in and dyd by day recovery be incredibly important for the peloton.