Following a rest day for the riders after a hectic first nine stages, the 2013 Tour de France resumes on Tuesday with a 197-kilometer flat stage. The course should allow for the sprinters to get back in the spotlight after a couple of mountain stages.
Chris Froome holds the yellow jersey heading into Stage 10 after a strong showing in the mountains. He's followed by Alejandro Valverde and Bauke Mollema as the individual classification begins to take shape with the halfway point of the race approaching.
Here's a look at all the important viewing information for the 10th stage, followed by a preview and a prediction for which rider will earn the victory in Saint-Malo.
Where: Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo
When: Tuesday, July 9 at 8 a.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
The number of mainly flat stages left in the race is starting to dwindle, which means the sprinters are beginning to run out of chances to make an impact. Soon, the Tour will move into the mountains, where the race will be won.
Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan are the top contenders heading into the stage. All three have already captured stage victories during the first half of the race. Marcel Kittel, who emerged victorious in a wild opening stage, should also be in the mix.
The biggest key is avoiding disaster, especially in the second half of the race, when any setback is enough to sink a rider's chances. That's what happened in Stage 1 to Cavendish and Sagan, opening the door for Kittel to steal the spotlight.
Many riders, including those within striking distance of the yellow jersey, aren't going to be overly aggressive in the stage. The potential reward isn't enough to risk disaster by trying to make a serious push toward the front.
Instead, they will remain content hanging within the main lead pack. It's no secret the performance in the upcoming mountain stages is what will make or break a rider's chances, so it all comes down to getting in position to have a chance in those crucial second-half stages.
That mindset is perfectly fine with the likes of Cavendish, Greipel and Sagan. The safe approach from other competitors gives them a little more wiggle room throughout the stage. Then they can turn it on late in the mad dash for the finish.
Ultimately, it would only be a surprise if one of those big-name sprinters doesn't win the stage. Give the slight edge to Cavendish to beat his rivals to the finish line.
Prediction: Mark Cavendish
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