Stage 8 of Tour de France 2017 takes place on Saturday 8th July and we are climbing again as the riders take on a 187.5 km route starting in Dole and finishing at Station des rousses
Marcel Kittel won Stage 7 by an absolute whisker from Edvald Boasson Hagen and victory was enough to see Kittlel take the green jersey with 197 points ahead of Demare on 182 and Matthews on 123.
Froome remains in yellow, 12 seconds up on team mate Thomas with Aru third @14 seconds.
This should be a fairly significant day for the GC with a Cat 3, Cat 2 and a finally a Cat 1 which is 11.7 km long climb at 6.4% although it should be noted that after that final climb tops out there is still 11kms or so of mainly flat terrain to the finish
Stage 8 Betting - Winner
Dan Martin 14/1
Note, prices are an early show, approx average at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Looking ahead Sunday is a brutal day with 3 HC climbs and earlier this week I was chatting with my colleague Brent Graham who suggested this could be a breakaway day given the GC teams might not be too interested in chasing.
Fabio Aru won the only mountain stage so far in some style but this stage does not finish on the summit of final climb. The Cat 1 Côte de la Combe de Laisia-Les Molunes is still a significant obstacle which should give us more evidence of which riders have the best climbing legs at this point but I’m looking to the break for a pick.
Teams with no GC ambitions will be eyeing this one and Di Data fit the bill with preference for Steve Cummings even though I would have hoped for three times the price. Pinot is the back up
Bets: Stage win Cummings at 11/1
Stage win Pinot at 33/1
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