Well, we said yesterday that one of the unpicked riders from our shortlist was sure to win and crank up the frustration- cue Dani Martinez!! Never mind, the same fate surely awaits us today at too…
Tour de France stage betting campaign revolves around just when to roll the Thomas de Gendt dice.
The dynamic Belgian is the most active breakaway rider in cycling and is always itching to get into the action. He climbs well but not well enough to win a climbers’ stage, but doesn’t sprint well enough for a flat stage.
He needs a lumpy stage, with hills enough to help make the break, and preferably one or two late small climbs to power away from any fellow breakaway riders.
Enter Stage 14. Early big climbs should help form the breakaway, then a mostly flat middle section ends with two short category 4 inclines very near the finish to help break up any group. It is as if de Gendt had designed the stage himself.
He has looked a picture of frustration so far in missing the early breaks, but he will know that with the rest of this Tour varying between pancake flat sprint days and hideous mountain top finishes, today must be the day.
Should the initial climbs be a fraction more easily paced then it could allow some Classics style riders to make the break. Peter Sagan will doubtless love to make it but is looking weary. Teammates Matteo Trentin and Greg Van Avaermat are two likely candidates, as are newly transformed all-rounder Sonny Colbrelli and Norwegian puncher Edvald Boasen Hagen. With Trentin getting the call as his CCC team have looked keen to get him in the mix for a few days now.
Thomas De Gendt, to win Stage 14, 1pt win, 33/1
Matteo Trentin, to win Stage 14, 1pt win, 15/1
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