Stage 13 of the 2017 TDF takes the riders from Saint-Girons to Foix a distance of only 101km. Don’t be fooled by the distance though, there will be plenty of action straight from the gun.
Stage 12 never really lived up to expectations, at least until the final 500m. The rivals to Chris Froome’s Yellow Jersey appeared content to sit behind the scarily powerful Sky train and at one point they even waited for Froome and Aru to return to the front after missing a corner. With an incredibly steep final half a km it all appeared set for Froome to deliver the killer bow but out of the blue he faltered and his rivals pedaled slowly away from him. Bardet won the stage but Aru by finishing 3rd grabbed the Yellow Jersey from Froome by just 6 seconds. There was no change to the Green Jersey competition where Kittel is miles ahead and Barguil consolidated his lead in the Polka Dot jersey.
This is as short a stage as I can recall seeing in the tour but quite often it is this type of stage that delivers the most action. To be honest I wouldn’t have been expecting much more than a breakaway win ahead of a dominant Sky led peloton but the Froome weakness means we are bound to see action as the others simply have to test to see if it was a once off or if the 3 time winner is there for the taking? Bardet will surely try and send riders up the road to help on the final descent and run in and I expect an attack from him on the final climb. Sky may well decide to play some different cards and the likes of Landa who is still very much in contention could make the break and force a weak Astana team to chase. All in all a day that could go to a break of the GC men and tactics will be key as it will be very hard to win a stage like this solo.
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D Martin 10/1
25/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change
Win – Landa at 22/1
He looked very strong on stage 12 and almost chased Bardet and company down despite leading for the majority of the final climb. It remains to be seen how Sky will play things but if he gets in the break he will be very hard to beat.
Win – Betancur at 50/1
He seems to be riding into form and with Movistar having to concede that Contador is out of contention I expect to see him in the break.
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