Stage 6 sees the riders travel further West from Aix-En-Provence to Montpellier.It is “only 176.5km” on flat roads.I know what you’re thinking….SPRINT.
Well,it will probably be a sprint but there are 2 factors that need to be considered:the heat and the wind.The forecast is for 30 degrees and a 10mph wind coming from the North-West and going across the riders all day.We might see a strong GC team,like BMC,decide to try and isolate some of their main rivals.Sky have seemed a bit weak and Froome has been seen riding further down the peloton than Wiggins would ever do,so BMC might just decide to rip it up.
It would be a big surprise if it didn’t come down to a big sprint finish.All the sprinters should be present at the end and it will give the fans their 1st chance to see them go at it,this Tour.We’ll have Cavendish,Greipel,Goss,Kittel,Bouhanni,Kristoff,Van Poppel and Sagan.
It will all be about sprint trains and positioning and really should be between Cavendish,Greipel,Kittel,Goss and Sagan.
After his big win today Mark Cavendish will be full of confidence and has deservedly been made favourite by the bookies.The route to the finish is a nice,long,straight bypass.This means the teams have a long time to get their sprint trains in full swing.As I said previously the Orica GreenEdge team shouldn’t be underestimated as they can hit the front at the perfect time.
From before the Tour I have said that Andre Greipel will do well and I think today should give him the inspiration he needs to go and claim stage 6 for himself.I’m very interested in seeing how Marcel Kittel does as we didn’t get a chance to see him against Cavendish and Greipel in stage 1.He beat both of them in Holland before the Tour and is full of confidence.Argos keep telling us they’ve got a brilliant sprint train,well time to stop talking!
Despite only finishing 3rd today Peter Sagan looked very quick in the sprint.He has 2 problems in the big sprints:his lead out is poor and he gets on the wrong wheel.Better positioning and he should be in with a chance of surprising the quicks.
Bouhanni was looking unwell today so shouldn’t feature.
Boasson Hagen did brilliant today to finish 2nd but I don’t see him being able to reach the podium.
Alexander Kristoff claimed to get blocked today but again I don’t see him being quick enough to match the big 4 or 5.
Prediction time …….