Tour de France – Stage 13 Preview

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.

stage 13 profileWe 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.

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 11.13.39The 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.

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 11.26.39Expect another frantic end to the stage,just like stage 12.It should be battle between Greipel,Cavendish,Kittel and Sagan.

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 …..

1.Sagan

2.Kittel

3.Cavendish

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