Tour De France Stage 8 Preview
Stage 7 lived up to its billing as an interesting finish as several went out the back door and left a reduced group to fight it out to try beat Sagan. In the end undoubted talent Trentin took his chance and with it victory denying Sagan by the width of a tyre. Our trade Gallopin got involved winning the sprint for 3rd. Dumoulin and Gerrans wrapped up the other places on a very testing day. It was also nice to see Oss off BMC getting involved but again Sagan might have wasted energy making a move worried his team might be left to chase any attacks that come.
Tejay Van Garderen was the biggest loser of the day, he went down caught up in a crash not too far out and despite help from team mates he just couldn’t get himself back on and lost over a minute in the end. Some big names took a tumble in the final km including Van Den Broeck and Talansky who took a nasty spill been up with the sprint. Konig and Frank (now out with broken femur) were also caught up in those crashes. The blog recorded a -1.35pts from the advised tips.
Tour De France Stage 8 Preview
After Stage 7 we head into more of a climbing finish that should test the legs. This stage should see some time gaps and some more sorting of the General Classification. Peter Sagan and Gallopin will do well to fight this one out to the end. The first climb is the longest but easiest but could be raced hard enough. The next climb is upped in diffcultie before a descent to the days final climb and test 1.8km at 10.3% which should surely break things up a little as riders fight for position in a proper hilly finish. That final climb eases off at the very end but gets harder before that as you go up.
The Tour is building into an exciting weekend with Bastille day on Monday and this will be as much a stressful finish for riders as it will be difficult. A fully fit Rodriguez would have been a prime candidate for a stage like this but with his injuries from the Giro he really would be springing a surprise in my view if he were to come good today. Valverde has been known to go well in this type of stage but Contador has a point to prove here and could strike a climb like this at over 1km might suit him more and we all know how his team can lead him out. Kwiatkowski is up in the betting but he seems to have wasted a lot more energy than most of his rivals over the past two days to contest 100% here.
For me Contador has proved a liking for this sort of stage and he can out do Valverde. Rui Costa does have a sore bottom but his price is a little big for a man we know thrives after a weeks racing in the legs. Bardet has had a little knee soreness but no reason he couldn’t be contesting this sort of finish.
Tour De France Stage 8 Bets:
1pt Alberto Contador 8/1 paddy power
.1pt Rui Costa 40/1 bet365
.1pt Romain Bardet 50/1 boylesports (70-75 betfair)
1pt Rui Costa to beat Mollema 11/8 hills
1pt Rui Costa to beat Fugslang 8/13 paddys
1.5pts Bardet to beat Porte 2.57 pinnacle
4pts Horner to beat Ten Dam 1.77 pinnacle
1pt Trofimov to beat Zubeldia 2.16 pinnacle
5pts Slagter to beat Acevedo 8/15 paddys
2pts Contador to beat Nibali 4/6 paddys, hills