We enter the final week of Tour de France 2017 with Stage 16, a 165 km journey from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isère which takes place on Tuesday 18th July.
We come off a rest day and Chris Froome remains in yellow with an 18 second lead and with an ITT still to come he is trading at around 4/10 to win outright. The nearest rivals are Aru@18, Bardet @23, Uran @29 and Dan Martin @1:12
There hasn’t been much for the pure sprinters over the last few days but Kittel (373 points) still holds the Green Jersey even though Matthews (294 points) is doing everything he can to close the gap.
Elsewhere Warren Barguil is making short work of the KoM competition with a 78 point lead over Roglic and Simon Yates is just over 3 mins up on Louis Meintjes as the Best Young Rider.
The two climbs, a Cat 3 and a Cat 4 come early after which there is a long downhill stretch before the profile levels out for the final 50kms.
Stage 16 Betting - Winner
Boasson Hagen 10/1
Note, prices are an early show, approx average at the time of writing and are subject to change.
You can imagine Matthews and Team Sunweb looking to make Kittel suffer on the early climbs so we should see an explosive start to the stage. The betting suggests Quick Step can keep Kittel in the front group and then confirm his superiority in the sprint and whilst that might well be the case, I’ll look elsewhere for a bet.
I like Stefan Kung at 40/1 but an old favourite in the shape of EBH at 10/1 is the main hope.
Bets: Boasson Hagen 10/1
Stefan Kung 40/1
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