Stage 16 of the 2013 Tour de France may not have the same grueling climb as Stage 15, but there will still be a lot of climbing ahead on Tuesday. Live coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
The riders had a rest day on Monday in Vauclause following the brutal climb to Mont Ventoux on Sunday, so everyone's legs should be a little fresher. They'll need to be fresh, though, as the 168km stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap includes two short but steep climbs, as well as a nearly 60km stretch of slow ascent between Chateauneuf-De-Chabre and La Roche-Des-Arnauds. It's a stage tailor-made for a breakaway.
Great Britain's Chris Froome enters Stage 16 with a 4-minute, 14-second lead over The Netherlands' Bauke Mollema. SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe, offers their pick to win on Tuesday:
I'm going with Arthur Vichot. Thomas Voeckler is too obvious, and was seen trying his luck yesterday. All the other French stage hopefuls will be parked on his wheel. When he goes, they go. When Vichot goes...?
Here's a map of the Stage 16 route, courtesy of Podium Cafe: