In that map, the red line is the race course. So they'll cut through a roundabout first, then mike another 90˚ right onto Avenue Camile Chautemps.
38km to go, gap down to 1'43"
An Omega rider is cruising off the front. No clue why.
That was Jerome Pineau, it seems, and he's back on the front of the group.
The Colombian from Movistar, Nairo Quintana has had to stop to get a new front wheel after a recent puncture. Three teammates have helped him return to the peloton.
This is the first Tour de France since 1926 no rider from Spain, Italy or France has won one of the first 11 stages. In 1926 the first rider from Spain, Italy or France to win a stage was Bartolomeo Aimo (ITA) in stage 14 from Nice to Briançon.
Can't see that changing today, either.
30km to go, gap is just over a minute.
A bit more about the finish: the final straight, after that last 90 degree corner, is 450m long, and the road is 7 meters (23 feet) wide at the finish line. So, relatively narrow.
It's also dead flat. Between the flamme rouge and the finish line, the riders will gain 1 meter in altitude.
Our breakaway is now four, as Sicard dropped off. They are working well together, but with a gap of 50 seconds and 26km to go they have little hope.
And now they're not working together at all. Small attack from Sojasun.
Delaplace (Sojasun) is caught. They're back to rotating.
Lots of looking around, though. Flecha seems antsy.
Pineau sitting on the front of the peloton for OPQS. Gap is 47"
Andy Shleck sticks a hand up, wants something from the car. A final feed, perhaps.
GC teams are now moving their favorites up to the front. Saxo is there with Contador, Sky has Froome in good position.
Schleck is getting a little mechanical attention, though I can't tell what the mechanic is fixing. Seems to just be poking the bike with a tool.
20km to go, 37" for the escapees.
The field is just letting them sit out there. Belkin is on the front.
Cordiality has returned to the front group, and elbow flicks are once again being rewarded with a smooth rotation. We'll see how long that lasts.
Flecha won a stage in 2003, the centenary of the Tour. In this 100th edition, he is determined to make a break stick...but today is not that day.
Front group has split. Flecha and Gavazzi alone. 13km to go.
Very windy here at the finish - will be a factor in the sprint.
Orica, Saxo on the front now. Flecha group has 20"
There is quite a bit of traffic furniture once they hit the city streets of Tours.
Flecha attacks. He's solo, with 23".
Inside 6 miles to go, and Flecha has an 18 second lead.
Goss has a lot of pressure to be there for the sprint. He hasn't been so far, and there are some grumbles that came into this Tour under-trained.
Flecha getting low, cadence is slowing through. Gap down to 16".
Flecha has 13." 7.7km to go. Crowds lining the course already.