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96th Tour de France - GT

France, July 4-26, 2009

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Stage 2 - Sunday, July 5: Monaco - Brignoles, 182km

For the second stage from Monaco to Brignoles, the pack will again ride a lengthy stretch of the Formula 1 Grand Prix route and take in its legendary sites: la Rascasse, Sainte-Dévote and the Casino, where the official starting ceremony will take place. Then the riders will then leave the Principality eastwards, along the Mediterranean.

The 182km-route is not mountainous, but the rugged terrain could make this a nervous stage. The stage finish into Brignoles is on the same route as the 2007 Paris-Nice stage to Cannes, only backwards. A bunch sprint finish is likely, but some bumps on the road to the finish could provide a surprise...

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