The Tour De France has to all intents and purposes yet to catch fire this year with far too much passive riding and no team prepared to try any left field tactics. It has left the viewing incredibly disappointing coming to the end of week 1.
The weekend has some climbs that we hope ignite the GC battle but prior to that we have Stage 7 which looks as straight forward as you are likely to get on a Grand Tour. At 168km long and with a long flat run in from half way it is an ideal opportunity for the sprinters to fight it out before we head into the Pyrenees.
The form lines have been hard to read so far with some messy finishes but we will stick to our assertion that Caleb Ewan is head and shoulders above his rivals in an uncomplicated run to the line. Stage 3 saw him at his mesmerizing best before he failed to deliver for us on Stage 5.
There were mitigating factors that day with a messy twisting run-in not allowing him to get close enough in the closing stages to get into contention. There are no such excuses today and at 16/5 he looks a value play to add to his stage victories.
Sam Bennett challenges him for supremacy at the top of the market which is understandable given his form and he will not be far away. But Ewan has overpowered the Irishman when it matters and should be able to do so again with Bennett continuing to expend energy chasing points in his quest for the Green Jersey.
Mads Pedersen is another who has been in fine fettle but we will not abandon Ewan given his form and he is worth another roll of the dice today.
Caleb Ewan to win Stage 7 of the TdF, 2pts win, 16/5
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