Tour De France Stage 4 Cycling Preview
Tour de France Stage 4 inserts cobbles to the mix after a day on the Mur De Huy in Belgium. With so many hurting from the crash on stage 3 the cobbles are going to be all the worse. I count more than 20 riders been involved in that horrible crash on the Monday. Bonnet when down hard from clipping Degenkolbs wheel in a moment of lapse on his part. Dumoulin was badly hurt along with Gerrans and Kozontchuk all in too much pain to even consider trying to continue. Cancellara finished but is now out with a vertebrae injured. Ten Dam is a fighter but had to cope with a dislocation of his shoulder. Both Impey and Matthews looked in a bad way with Impey confirmed out. Henderson and Haller had plenty skin taken off them and fought home. Van Summeren also looked quiet tattered while Rui Costa also reported to have had felt the affects of the crash. To add to the problem a lamp post got into the mix.
At 223km this is a hell of a test for riders despite the lack of hills. Inside the final 50km comes the 6 cobble sections to mess things up big time. Its seven sections in all for the day. Last years day on the cobbles caused much drama so it should be interesting again. Things are looking to remain dry this time around. The finish is also tricky as it throws in some up hill with the mix of cobbles so its a very open stage. Degenkolb and Kristoff are some obvious favourites for a day like this. Sagan and Vanmarcke of course are not considered far off while Stybar also comes into the conversation if Martin lets him do his own thing. Thomas at 66/1 would be great if he wasn’t on babysitting duty in this one.
It is dry and I am feeling Pozzatto is worth a nibble at the 80/1 odds on offer for a man who needs to put on a show. Its been a while for him but the odds stand out. Gallopin and Griepel will both be interested here and Gallopin might have been a little too close for this one today but I give him another chance for this one at decent odds on the stage 4 on cobbles. Elmiger was 5th this year in Paris Roubaix yet he is 150/1 here its hard not to back him solely based on that form. I left out Van Avermaet who I like but has commitments to the team. Stybar might be the better options as a result if you can get more than 10/1. I left out Boom with his health worries and Nibali commitments to hold him back. While they could win it is made harder by any trouble they might run into early doors while only been let off leash late on.
Tour De France Stage 4 Bets:
.25pts Flippo Pozzatto 80/1 boylesports
.3pts Tony Gallopin 66/1 boylesports
.2pts Martin Elmiger 150/1 boylesports
1pt Valverde to beat Thomas 2.63 pinnacle
3pts Elmiger to beat Chavanel 8/11 paddys
1.5pts Quintana to beat Contador 11/8 bet365
1.5pts Pinot to beat Gesink 5/2 bet365
4pts Nibali to beat Fuglsang 2/5 paddys (1/2 hills)