And finally the peleton rolls into Paris for the mostly ceremonial final stage of the Tour de France ending with a burn up on the Champs Elysees.
The sight of the yellow jersey on the youthful shoulders of Tadej Pogacar is as surprising as it is welcome. Surprising as it took an almost superhuman time trial effort yesterday to cause a massive upset and wrestle the jersey from Primoz Roglic. And welcome for blog followers as we had tipped Pogacar for yellow jersey glory at a tasty 16/1 prior to the first turn of a pedal.
There is little left to resolve with the Green jersey appropriately on the shoulders of Irishman Sam Bennett. He pretty much has to stay upright to win that – let’s hope he has stayed off the Guinness.
Bennett will be fancied to land the final stage – the most prestigious for sprinters at the Tour. That said his Green heroics have mostly been a product of consistency and guts, with just one stage win to his credit. This pure speed test may not be ideal but he will surely be in the mix.
Instead this looks a set up for Aussie pocket rocket Caleb Ewan. He landed three stages in last year’s Tour including this stage, and can repeat the feat having registered two more wins already this year.
When the test is pure speed he is repeatedly the fastest. He does not have the same level of team support as some of his rivals, but this long straight wide road makes tactical positioning less a factor than outright pace.
He has toiled manfully over the hills, nursed to the line by his teammates day after day, with just one aim in mind – to still be in the race for this final stage. Expect it to pay off.
Caleb Ewan to win Stage 21 TdF, 2pts win, 3/1:
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