Last call for the sprinters before Paris!
The riders travel 173km from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond,on another relatively flat day and go through the geographical centre of France.
We have just 1 categorised climb,the Bote de Crotz,which is 1.2km at 4%.The intermediate sprint will again be fight for minor placings,but we should get some action on the non-categorised Bruere-Allichamps.It is a long,straight road that rises for a few kilometres,it isn’t hard enough to shake out any of the sprinters and the descent is a wide,straight road too.Someone might try to go but they won’t survive.
The finish,has another series of sharp corners.
The 1st left-hand turn is very tight and we could see a crash.Teams will want to be 1st into the corner with maybe 4 men and remain in front until the final straight,which isn’t far from the roundabout.
Greipel had a number of teammates brought down hard in stage 12,so his lead-out train might be damaged.Kittel is obviously the man in form,but you will see from my analysis of stage 12(posted later tonight),I think he got a bit lucky today but you cannot argue with his raw power.Sagan was very unlucky today and I think that he will eventually claim the sprint stage he wants,here in stage 13.
I think Cavendish will be demoralised,for just about the 1st time in his career,and won’t reverse the trend.
Prediction time …..