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The last sprint stage until the cobbled tomorrow….hooray.
The finish isn’t too bad. It’s a bit technical, but nothing too major. We should see a sprint finish.
Being Bastille Day, expect the Frenchmen to be in the break – a lot of them will be attacking and trying to be out the front all day – that’s one of the reasons why the break yesterday featured one rider. They were saving their legs for today.
It won’t help them though. This is going to be a sprint finish.
The thing about this stage is there is a lot of unexposed road, so if the wind is up, there could be echelons again. So let’s hope.
We are in Arnaud Demare’s home region. You can be certain that Groupama FDJ are going to be working all day to set this up for Demare. He has shown that he isn’t fast enough but he has extra incentive today to do well and it might lift him high enough.
Fernando Gaviria – has the best leadout but seemed to struggle today. Is he finally getting fatigued?
Dylan Groenewegen – I wrote him off yesterday but it appears I shouldn’t have. He was very fast and strong today. This has lifted his confidence. Major threat.
Mark Cavendish – Finally delivered a top 10 result with his team showing something. Not fast enough here.
Andre Greipel – Wasn’t really in the mix today but he showed how fast he was. He could win but it’s unlikely.
Peter Sagan – Will be up there. But won’t win.
Alexander Kristoff – Thought he would have done better yesterday on a finish that suited him. Can’t see him figuring.
Marcel Kittel – Same old story. Crap lead out, gets in the wrong positions. If he gets it right, he wins, but will he get it right?
Christophe Laporte – has looked good. Has been up there. Being French, I had to mention him. Outside chance of a podium.
John Degenkolb – Showed something yesterday – not good enough to win on this finish, however.
Gaviria may be fading, others are looking stronger. I am going to stick with Demare to get his confidence boosting win.
- Arnaud Demare
- Fernando Gaviria
- Christophe Laporte
No bet today at this stage. Will be sitting this one out.