Tour De France Stage 20 Time Trial Preview
So looking back on Stage 19 it was a nice little break from Navardauskas who went over the final climb onto his team mate Slagter before powering away from the pack with the wet conditions and late bends playing into his hands. Add in a crash 3km from the finish and the day had plenty to keep us excited. Wet roads, roundabouts thrown in with a late climb really do create some thrilling racing. Degenkolb won the sprint for 2nd place pipping Kristoff into third place.
The racing was pretty steady and it was easy to tell the time trial was coming tomorrow. A late crash inside 3km makes things interesting with a few caught up in it. Bardet and Schleck took a little while to get up and it is always up in the air how it might affect them with a huge stage ahead of them.
The blog advised laying Sagan and Kristoff from a value point of view and I also added a Kittel lay early in the morning to my book. The match bets didn’t work out all the riders involved avoided the crash but it meant we had -4.25pts for the day. So moving on a big day ahead with the time trail on Tour De France Stage 20.
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Tour De France Stage 20 Time Trial Preview:
Its the last moving day of the Tour as we move onto Tour De France Stage 20 for the individual time trial. It is a super long time trial with the fact it is the only one of this years Tour. At 54km it is a super long test of the riders legs after 19 stages of racing. It comes in 5 drags and is very rarely flat for the riders. Looking at the profile all the gradients are soft except for the 4th slope of the race the Cote De Coulounieix Chamiers which is 1.4km at 6.5% and comes after 46.5km of riding. The finish is then also slightly uphill but short. It is a real test of the time trial but it will be hard to look past world champion Tony Martin (see Featured Image) For the first time since the 1950s we end up with just the one time trial and its likely to decide plenty outside of the yellow jersey.
With almost 75mins on the bike for riders here its a though test for all the riders trying to get to Paris and others trying to move up in the top 20 riders, and finally those looking to push the panzerwagon Tony Martin. All I know is it is just not worth taking on Tony Martin in this he is different class to anything else in this field. Peraud is highly regarded but the battle between Valverde and Pinot for the podium is hotting up big time.
Tom Dumoulin is thriving in time trials but this is very long compared to were he does best so he might not thrive as he is still young and developing.
Tour De France Stage 20 Time Trial Bets:
2pts Barta to beat Kiriyenka 2.29 pinnacle
1pt Konig to beat Valverde 11/4 bet365
1pt Konig to beat Mollema 4/6 ladbrokes
2pts Pinot to beat Mollema 4/7 paddys