Stage 7 of this year’s Tour de France sees the first foray into the mountains and the riders will do battle on La Super Planche des Belles Filles a 7 kilometre climb averaging 8.7% and including a gravel section near the top.
STAGE 6 RECAP
Stage 6 provided plenty of excitement and ended in a win for Tadej Pogacar who we had tipped at 7/1. The big surprise of the day occurred when yellow jersey, Wout Van Aert found himself in the break and he was the last man standing. He was eventually chased down before the final climb where after he threw in the towel and gave up the Yellow Jersey.
It was race favourite and two time defending Champion, Tadej Pogacar who showed just how strong he is in an uphill sprint finish drawing clear to take the win and also pick up the Yellow Jersey. He was chased home by Michael Matthews and Gaudu put in a promising performance in 3rd. The Jumbo-Visma duo of Vingegaard and Roglic didn’t lose any time, but they must be wondering just how they are going to stop Pogacar from grabbing a third Tour de France.
As mentioned above Pogacar has now moved into the Yellow Jersey 4 seconds ahead of Powless, Vingegaard now 31 seconds behind. Pogacar has now shortened into 1/4 favourite with Vingegaard 3/1 and you can get 14/1 and better the balance.
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Wout Van Aert has taken a real tight grip on the Green Jersey points race and he leads by 61 points from Jakobsen and he is priced as 1/7 to wear Green all the way to Paris.
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STAGE 7 BETTING – Click here to bet
Tadej Pogacar 2/1
Jonas Vingegaard 8/1
Thibaut Pinot 12/1
Michael Woods 12/1
Ruben Guerreiro 14/1
Ben O’Connor 16/1
Dylan Teuns 18/1
20/1 and better the balance
STAGE 7 ROUTE AND PREDICTIONS
Although this is the first mountain top finish it is by no means guaranteed that the General Classification favourites will fight it out, at least not for the Stage win. In fact I expect the breakaway to stick here and it is hard to see who is going to do work on the front and to chase it down. Yes, Pogacar’s team may elect to defend the Yellow Jersey, but personally I don’t think they will mind it going to another team this early stage of the Tour.
The sprint comes after 101 kilometres and from there the stage gets really interesting with two Cat 3 climbs followed by the Cat 1 brute at the end of the stage.
I am going to allow myself two picks for the stage here and will go with Michael Woods, a man who is very good on steep ramps. and is likely to be given some grace from the leaders to get into the break and the second is Giulio Ciccone who nearly won on this hill a few years ago and is well out of contention and should have a few problems getting into the break.
SUGGESTED BETS: Ciccone 33/1 and Michael Woods 12/1
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