Marseille – La Grande-Motte (196.5 km)
We visited the western part of today’s route two or three years ago. It was good to see some places we have been to, such as Aigues Mortes and La Grande Motte, plus les Baux de Provence and Arles. I have previously written about these either in connection with a previous tour or the holiday. The semi-bare limestone scenery is typical of the region and we saw the Chateau d’Aureille which dominates the town of the same name, similar to Les Baux but on a smaller scale. Pictured is the Moulin de Daudet at Fontveille which we saw from the circling helicopter as the tour passed by.
Yet another terrific win today for British rider Mark Cavendish and he continues to wear the green jersey tomorrow.