USA Pro Challenge – Stage 1 Preview

USA-Pro-Challenge-Stage-1-1375731645We start with a very short 102.7km stage.It’s 3 laps of a circuit in Aspen that includes going up Snowmass,which sits around 2500 metres.

Each lap has 939 metres of climbing but the length of the stage means riders shouldn’t be in trouble.

There is a lack of top sprinters racing this week,so Peter Sagan stands out as a clear favourite.Other riders that should contest the sprint are:Tony Gallopin,Greg Van Avermaet,Luka Mezgec,JJ Haedo and Freddy Rodriguez.

Sagan is in a different class to these riders and I expect him to win with ease.His odds are very short and not really worth the bet,so a value bet is Tony Gallopin at 25/1 each/way.You’re getting just over 6/1 on him finishing in the top 3.

He can sprint quite well and finished 3rd on stage 2 of the Dauphine this year,behind Viviani and Meersman.He won the recent San Sebastian classic,although from a breakaway.

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