Today’s stage starts with a moment of remembrance for Wouter Weylandt who lost his life during Stage 3 last year.
The last day in Denmark, today’s stage is a circuit race with the start and finish in in Horsens. Riders start and do a 100km loop, then another 45km loop, then they return to Horsens to face three finishing laps of 15km in and around the city.
But the bigger difference today is the narrowness of the roads, today’s stage features more secondary roads. There is a hill so again we can expect some racing for the points. The finishing circuit is itself flat. Mark Cavendish has closed in on the pink jersey but if he won the stage and the intermediate bonus today then he’d still be one second short. Barring an accident BMC and Taylor Phinney will enter Italian soil with the maglia rosa.
The finish straight is long at over 1,400 metres but the final 5km have some tricky corners although the riders will get to test them earlier in the day.
The finish is expected earlier between 3.50-4.15pm Euro time. The weather could change with sunny skies at the start and a chance of a shower later in the afternoon.
Talking of showers, the riders will hope for a quick wash before boarding the plane for Italy. The race transfers to Italy, the first of one of many transfers during the race and like an orchestra warming up before a performance we can expect the first notes of discontent about the travel involved, the late arrival in hotels and more.