The Tour de France is already gearing towards Stage 10, and look no further for where to catch it. The cyclists have July 8 off after Dan Martin won Stage 9. Let's take a look at where to catch the next leg of the tour.
Where: Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo
When: Tuesday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC LiveExtra
Before going into any predictions, let's take a look at the flat terrain the cyclists will be facing. Here is a video from the Tour de France's official YouTube account analyzing Stage 10:
Stage 10 Prediction
Martin now sits in fifth place on the leaderboard after winning Stage 9, but Team Sky's Chris Froome is still wearing the yellow jersey. Whether he takes first in the next stage or not, Froome will still be near the front of the pack and lead after all is said and done.
Froome took first and second respectively in stages eight and nine of this race and is skilled on flat surfaces like Stage 10's. He is one of the fastest in the field on this particular terrain and should be even more so July 9 following a rest day.
There's no doubt that Froome is excited about the rest day considering he told Le Tour's official website how strenuous Stage 9 was:
That was really one of the hardest days that I've ever had on a bike but I'm just happy to still be in the yellow jersey. My teammates made a huge effort yesterday and I think they were just paying for that effort today a bit.
Coming into the 100th edition of the Tour de France this year, Froome was one of the biggest favorites. He has won four other races already this year and hasn't faltered yet in France.
Unless Froome doesn't feel he needs to win the stage to maintain his overall race lead, he'll finish first just as he did in Stage 8.
Stage 10 should be a welcomed terrain for Froome, who will not need to worry about the climbs and just focus on pacing himself. He'll still be sporting yellow by the time Stage 11 rolls around on July 10.