Criterium International 2015 Cycling Preview
A race that has fallen a little out of favour but is one I quiet like with its time trial, treat criterium style sprint stage and mountain top finish. It has been rumoured it might be moved around but the roads in Corisca are lovely as we saw in a recent visit by the Tour. Weather tends to be a little better than the mainland too. I will keep it brief enough.
Stage 1 is a short 92.5km stage, health The time trial is very short this year at just 7km but is not flat but gaps are going be very small leading to the final stage. The Sunday stage is 190km with the usual mountain top finish. 7 climbs in all on day but the final climb is a bit away from 2nd last climb of day. 14.1km at 6.2% is the final climb of the stage. 3km out is the ramp of 10% plus and I expect attacks from there.
Pinot is the stand out candidate and he is the odds on favourite as a result. Trek have 3 options but the time trail suits Jungles well and he could hang in though on the mountain. Arredondo was 9th in Oman but his time trial is a worry. Slagter was limited in Paris Nice but he can do better. Peraud has said he will start slower this season he has strong support in Vuillermoz here. Frank is rated but I am not keen on him so far on 2015. Peraud did not finish Paris Nice so it is a worry that he is off the pace unlike last season. Pinot has by far the strongest form with his 4th in Tirreno.
Criterium International Outright:
I am finding it very tricky to see past Pinot here its screaming out for him to win he a fantastic climber and in excellent shape and improving year on year, Peraud would have pushed him close but hes not on top of his game right now. Arredondo could light it up on the climbs so take the 25/1 as insurance.
2.5pts Thibaut Pinot 5/6 bet365
.1pts Julien Arredondo 25/1 bet365
1.5pts Konrad to beat De Maar 8/11 bet365 (2pts 1..77 pinnacle)