Brand new cobbled sectors in northern France will face the peloton as they race from Lille to Arenberg. The above picture is just a snippet of the stage, but shows that there will be a brutal amount of cobbles to take on with 11 sectors.
In 2018, the Tour’s last stage over the cobbles concluded with John Degenkolb winning in Roubaix. This stage will feature an equivalent amount of bone-jarring action in what is the most acrobatic challenge of the opening week. Good preparation and full concentration will be the Tour favourites’ best weapons when it comes to dealing with their apprehension about this test.