I am not sure what the organizers are thinking when they come up with these stage routes. Sure there a lots of climbs, but they all end way to far out from the finish line and are therefore rendered pointless and have no real effect on the outcome of yet another sprint finish. If you can't have a mountaintop finish, at least don't make it 30 or 40 miles away.
My guess is they are more interested in the cash they get from inland cities bidding on finishing spots and have to plan the routes around that. Good thing there is a real stage race going on this week to watch instead.