Tour de France 2018 Stage 17 Preview

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Stage 17 of Tour de France takes place on Wednesday, a very short 65km route through the high mountains concluding with a summit finish at Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Race Update:

Stage 16 again went the way of the breakaway with Alaphilippe taking the win ahead of Gorka Izaguirre and the unlucky Adam Yates who crashed on the final descent.

There were no changes at the head of the GC who took it steady on the way down to the finish so Thomas remains in yellow 1:39 up on team mate Froome whilst Dumoulin is third (+1:50) and Roglic (+2:38)

In the Points Classification Sagan has 452 points and Kristoff 170

The King of the Mountains competition sees Alaphilippe now on 122 points with Barguil next best with 73.

Bahrain Merida now lead the Team Classification, 1:08 up on Movistar

In addition to individual stage betting we have a number of outright markets available and you can view all the options here.

Stage Profile

The stage is just 65km in length and the climbing starts straight away with the first of 2 Cat 1 climbs. The final obstacle of the Saint-Lary-Soulan is all of 16km long at an average gradient of 8.7% which has been spoken of as the toughest climb of the tour.

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Stage Winner

Chris Froome 16/10

Geraint Thomas 7/2

Tom Dumoulin 10/1

Mikel Landa 12/1

Romain Bardet 12/1

Nairo Quintana 12/1

Primo Roglic 16/1

Note, prices are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.

Verdict:

Looking ahead we have a flat stage, another day in the high mountains (but with a downhill finish) and then the ITT before the conclusion in Paris so this is hugely decisive stage and one would expect the GC men to contest the finish.

With Thomas and Froome Team Sky hold all the aces although Dumoulin is not yet out of it. The challenge of Movistar has yet to really materialize but Landa (currently 6th +3:42) is higher placed than Quintana (8th at 4:23) and I’ll speculate the former might be given the green light to ride for himself.

As for a match bet. Both Zakarin and Fuglsang attacked on Stage 16 without success. Zakarin is a rider known for peaking in the third week of Grand Tours and looks good value to beat home Fuglsang who has struggled up long climbs.

Suggested Bets: Stage win Landa, 12/1

Match Bet: Zakarin / Fuglsang at 12/10

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