Stage 15 packs a punch

pro2punter - Matteo Trentin

Stage 16 is very much a classics stage where you need to pack a punch but can also sprint when the line comes. Depending on the pace some of the pure sprinters could be there at the end, but otherwise it will be the one day experts that will come to the fore. The route travels in to Switzerland as a tip of the cap to Fabian Cancellara who is retiring at the end of the season. He’s third favorite to take the win but it’s hard to see as he’s not in top form and others make much more appeal.

Alexander Kristoff is coming in to some form and this sort of course on a one day would be perfect for his style. The last couple of climbs may test the likes of Cavendish and Kittel so the Katusha man is the preferred pick, especially as his team are all riding well at present. Peter Sagan heads the market and is the man to beat, but he won’t get any help if he makes a breakaway and in the sprint a top 3 is the best he can hope for, so although he’ll be in the mix, a bet at the price is no value.

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Another coming in to a bit of form is John Degenkolb who has come back from a horrendous injury incredibly well and this sort of stage would have been on his radar from the start of the tour. The German is strong on the climbs and enjoys an uphill finish on the sprint so could well spring a surprise at big odds today.

Finally my third pick is Orica’s Michael Albasini who is the man for the break today. He’s rides in to his home town and will surely be given a little head from his team. The Aussie outfit are riding well with a stage win and Adam Yates flying high, so expect a big showing from the guys and the chance that Albasini can make it to a morning break.

Advised bets (6 points total)

Alexander Kristoff 2 pointa WIN @ 7/1 BET HERE

John Degenkolb 1 point E/W @ 18/1 BET HERE

Michael Albasini 1 point E/W @ 25/1 BET HERE

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