The only time we are likely to see the new wearer of the green jersey Mark Cavendish in today's stage is at 92km when he will be after as many points as possible once again. In the last couple of days that as been everyone that was going for the peleton. The reason that this will be the last we see of Cav, we're heading to the Pyrenées.
Then it is unto a more familiar peak in the Tour.
Of course though we live in hope that the climb to Luz Ardiden tomorrow is less action back to the GC contenders than Lance Armstrong's acsent in 2003, this is the 2011 Tour. So I'm half expecting it to be just as filled with incident.
Tomorrow's stage also passes not far from Lannermezan, indeed in is close to today's feed station. It was the town that in the 2004 Tour a young Frenchman wearing yellow for the 7th day on the trot set off towards Plateau de Beille (we'll be there on Saturday). That man, Thomas Voeckler, is currently again wearing yellow. He may be thankful that we are not going through Lannermezan as he lost the jersy as he climbed that day. However, Voeckler doesn't have as big a lead as he did in 2004. I fully expect him to no longer be in the Maillot Jaune at the end of the day, even if it is Bastille Day.
In the meantime here is 2003.