There are two weeks and 1300 miles left to race in the Tour de France. There will be six sprint stages, five mountain stages, one more rest day and a relatively flat individual time trial. Nine men have dropped out, leaving 171 still in the race.
On Tuesday, the Tour resumes in Limoges, in central France, and follows with a stages in the northeast plains before turning south into the Alps. Expect to see some intense action among main contenders Alberto Contador, Lance Armstrong and Andy Schleck when the race hits the high mountains. We may also see some surprises from underdogs Christian Vande Velde, Bradley Wiggins and Luis Leon Sanchez who are racing well.
The penultimate day of the Tour is going to decide who is champion. Stage 20 starts at Montelimar and ends 103 miles later at the top of Mount Ventoux. Never before has there been a mountain-top finish the day before Paris. This is sure to keep us watching.
–Le Tour Babe