They identified sector five, a 1.4 km stretch from Orchies to
Beuvry-la-Foret, and sector seven, a km of cobbles at
Mons-en-Pevele, as those removed.
"It takes the total of cobbled sections down to 13 km," the
Italian Vincenzo Nibali leads the race with a two-second lead
over the other main contenders.
Several riders and team managers had warned that because of rain
making the cobbles slippery, the stage could be thrown into
chaos. Rain has been forecast for the day along the 152.5-km
stretch from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Tony Goodson)
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