Eneco Tour – Stage 1 Preview

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We have 175km and everyone will be waiting for the sprint.There are a huge number of good sprinters here:-

Marcel Kittel – 4 wins at the tour

Andre Geipel – 1 win at the tour

Arnoud Demare – fresh from a win at the London Classic

Theo Bos – beat Kittel,Greipel and Cavendish at ZLM recently

Elia Viviani – 1 stage at the Dauphine and 2 stages at the recent Tour of Elk Grove

We also have Hutarovich,Nizzolo,Farrar,Swift,Kruopis and Petacchi.

Greipel and Kittel haven’t raced since the tour and for that reason I would avoid them.

Kittel and the whole Argos team were at John Degenkolb’s wedding at the weekend and that’s not the ideal prep for a bike race!

Quite often in stage races,the 1st stage can provide a little upset and I can smell one here.

Recommended bets:-

Demare to win the stage – 1 point at 13/2

Bos to win the stage – 1 point at 13/2

I also had a little of Demare to win the GC – 0.5 points e/w at 400/1!

He recently won the hilly 4 days of Dunkirk and is looking to turn himself into a serious classics rider,so you never know!But it’s a very long shot!


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