"The 182km-route is not mountainous, but the rugged terrain could make
this a nervous stage. The stage finish into Brignoles is on the same
route as the 2007 Paris-Nice stage to Cannes, only backwards. A bunch
sprint finish is likely, but some bumps on the road to the finish could
provide a surprise."
Jonathan Vaughters, the former America pro cyclist thinks, "The roads can be slow and sticky, and the weather hot, which will
add to the difficulty of the up and down terrain. I’d look for a
breakaway with guys looking to get the Polka dot jersey, and who knows,
maybe the peloton will hesitate too much and they’ll get the stage too?
Most likely not, though, and the winner will be Mark Cavendish."
You can catch the tour tomorrow on Versus at the following Eastern Times:
Stage 2: Sunday, July 5, 2009 Monaco-Brignoles 8:30am to 11:30am: LIVE Daily Coverage 12:00pm to 2:00pm: Race Action Replay 2:30pm to 4:30pm: Race Action Replay 5:00pm to 7:00pm: Race Action Replay 8:00pm to 11:00pm: Expanded Primetime Coverage 12:00am to 3:00am: Race Action Replay