Stage #2: Bad religion

Time bonuses (sec): 20-15-10-7-5-3

Despite having one 2km long climb mid stage, this is very fast one. Roads are wide, fast, very rolling all the way to the finish. The climb it self is in the 6-8min range, but it isn’t particulary steep with highest gradients in the midlle part around 8%. That’s not enough to completely blow the field apart. Certainly heavy sprinters will have trouble surviving it with the front group, but they should not loose more than 15-30sec at the top and there is enought flat distance afterwards to rejoin the front group with just a litlle help or cooperation in 2nd group, and contest in the final sprint.

Because of a fast nature and great chance for sprinters to take the stage, there are relatively masive time bonuses available to grab.