TDF stage 7 preview
Mark Cavendish takes us through the seventh stage of this year's Tour de France from Montpellier to Albi.
Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:25am
British sprinter Mark Cavendish has already notched a stage win in the first week of the Tour de France and he will be keen to double that tally on Friday.
The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider is in for a tough weekend as the race heads inland to the Pyrenees, where he is set to spend most of his time in the 'autobus' at the rear of the race.
But before he is forced to tackle the mountains, Cavendish and the rest of the fastmen may get one more chance to battle it out for a victory.
They will have to work hard if they are to keep it all together, though, as there are four categorised climbs, including the second category Col de la Croix de Mounis, on the menu for the peloton.
The climbs are unlikely to draw any attacks from the overall contenders, but the breakaway specialists may well view the lumpy terrain as a chance to hit for home.
However, there is a gradual downhill run towards the finish, which will favour the teams who want to set it up for a sprint