July 10, 2004
Stage 7: 204.5 km Chateaubriant to Saint-Brieuc
Three intermediate sprints at 52.5 km, 71.5 km, and 129.5 km. Stuart O'Grady, who's lost a few meters in the final sprint, will need to contest some intermediate sprints to offset Robbie McEwen's likely advantage in the stage finish, if he wants to keep the green jersey.
There are two 1-km climbs rated category 4 and category 3 today, so there's a chance someone might sneak into the polka-dots, but I doubt any of the real climbers will be interested yet; there are a lot of mountain points a few days out. Update: Nope, Richard Virenque went after the single point for 3rd place at the first climb today, but Brioches la Boulangere's Jerome Pineau pipped him at the line.
Starting Stage 7, it's:
Jimmy Engoulvent of Cofidis is wearing the red race numbers of most agressive rider for his part in yesterday's breakaway.