- Viewed as the most difficult of the end-of-season asphalt encounters.
- Working efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors to provide up-to-date information about road conditions.
- Unpredictable weather makes tyre choice tricky.
- Avoiding Baumholder’s hinkelsteins on roads that can be dusty and slippery in the dry and treacherous in the wet.
- Vineyard roads that snake through the terraced Mosel landscape are hard on brakes.