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Stage 3 is a weird looking one. With two early climbs, the sprinters, should they have difficulty, should be able to get back on, so we should see a reduced bunch sprint of 40-60 riders.
Elia Viviani $2.40/$1.55 – is the favourite. If he makes it to the end, it’s his stage to lose. He is in good form and shouldn’t have difficulty over this terrain
Peter Sagan $7.50/$2.40 – after seeing him today, I can’t see him challenging for the win. He doesn’t have the legs at the moment.
Matteo Trentin $9.50/$2.75 – is in good form at the moment. The Italian will need to hope Viviani gets dropped though.
Giacomo Nizzolo $11/$3 – Hasn’t had a great year and I don’t see things changing. Will challenge the podium, but not the win.
Danny Van Poppel $15/$4 – Despite his team focusing on the GC, he does have a good sprint train here to lead him out. He is fast and has had some good results this year. He is the main danger to Viviani.
Other sprinters to keep an eye on are Ivan Cortina ($34/$9), Ryan Gibbons $51/$13, Nelson Soto $81/$21 and Jon Aberasturi $81/$21.
Should the race be ridden hard and all sprinters are dropped, which is unlikely, then Omar Fraile, Alejandro Valverde and Jay McCarthy will all be fighting it out.
If a break does survive, then look towards riders like the Cofidis trio of Luis Angel Mate, Jose Herrada and Jesus Herrada as well as Caja Rural’s Lluis Mas.
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If Van Poppel is there, he should come top 3.
Danny Van Poppel top 3 @ $4 (2.5)
A nice outsider for the place
Jon Aberasturi @ $21 (.5)
Just in case its hard and all the bigger sprinters drop off, I’ll take a small interest bet on
Omar Fraile E/W $67/$21 (1/1)