What’s Ahead at the Tour de France?

Week one of the Tour de France is almost over, but some of the best racing is still to come. Friday’s stage seven with four mountain climbs should break some legs and the overall standings. The 99-mile course starts in Brioude and heads south to Aurillac. It will surely test cyclists tired from today’s uphill finish. Look for U.S. Team Columbia to be at the front of the peloton defending the yellow jersey on Kim Kirchen (my Tour pick).

On Sunday, the Tour enters the Pyrenees– the spectacular mountains between Southern France and Spain. The Spanish riders typically race well here, so expect them to attack.

There’s still a long way to go before the Tour moves to the Alps and to every fan’s favorite ball-buster mountain, L’Alpe D’Huez. There are more sprint stages next week and another individual time trial before the race ends in Paris on July 27.

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