Stage 10: Aurillac - Carmaux 161KM
A short stage follows the rest day as the race continues south through the Cévennes. Although rolling, there are no outstanding difficulties on today's route and that should benefit the sprinters.
One factor that might come into play is the intense heat that can affect this region, although the forecast is for clear skies and 23C for stage 10. Another might be the growing desire for teams that have not made an impact so far to do so on one of the two remaining stages before the race reaches the Pyrenees. Regardless of the heat of both the day and the competition, this should be a day dominated by the green jersey contenders, if they can eventually chase down the breakaways. Tom Boonen won in nearby Castres in 2007, but I'm guessing he'll struggle to get up for this stage.