Well, some of the best GT stages the past years have been flat that then turned out to be GC amazing (the flattest stage ever record in the Giro anyone?), but
if this one happens to join them, I'll be pleasantly amazed! Thanks ASO for encouraging me to get out on my bike instead!
PS Oh, wait, what? I'm working and my 3rd monitor is free? You F&^*ing B##*ards!!!!
It is Le Tour de France. Bastille day on Thursday, therefore Vent de Forrest Gump. Followed by most of the country being on holiday Friday therefore the ITT. Saturday probably has more TV competition in France, so do the transitional stage, this time a sprint.
Irish and American viewers who don't pay much collectively are thumbed at by the AST as they cater to the local audience who pay the executives massive bonuses and JV very little.
I just consulted with a clairvoyant, she agrees with you.
Maybe stages like this one might force to TdF to reconsider the stage designs. I think there are plenty of options to create incentives for attackers without denying sprinters a chance for the win. However, that would probably involve the willingness to "spend" one of the available classification slots to create such incentives or an overhaul of an existing one.
For one, the KOM classification doesn't mean "Best Climber in the Race without a Willingness to Actually Specifically Hunt for King of Mountain passages" classification to me. The current design, with the heavy focus on MTFs for KOM-points kinda defeats the purpose of the classification for me, as a rider who ignores most of the mountains in the race can still win the classification. If you alter that, a few lower category mountains are incentive enough for KOM-contenders to have a go. It also makes it a truly separate classification from the GC.