USA Pro Challenge – Stage 4 Preview of The Queen Stage

The riders travel 165.6km in what should be a very important day for the GC contenders.USA-Pro-Challenge-Stage-4-1375731929The climb of Bachelors Gulch is the hardest in the whole race,with sections of 18%.

The climb is 10km long with an average gradient of just over 6%.It also rises to 2868 metres,which will be difficult for the riders to contend with.

They then have a short steep descent before the uphill finish,which is 4km long at an average of 4.5%.

The strongest riders in the race have been:Morton,Frank,Sagan,Van Garderen,Craddock,Danielson,Atapuma,Caruso,Sutherland and Acevedo.

I would think that we’ll see Van Garderen,Danielson,Atapuma,Caruso and Acevedo fighting for the victory today.

I’m taking the bold move of saying Sagan won’t manage to get over the climb with the peloton,and that’s always a brave statement!

Both Garmin and BMC have 2 men high on GC so it’ll be very interesting to see what tactics they play.

The bookies have these current prices:

Van Garderen 9/4

Acevedo 7/1

Danielson 7/1

Atapuma 11/1

Sagan 11/1

Caruso 12/1

Frank 12/1

They seem to be thinking the same as me!

Van Garderen has looked the best on the climbs this week and he was the only rider capable of following Sagan’s attack on stage 2,I think he is a worthy favourite for today.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on my GC picks Caruso(125/1) and Acevedo(40/1).

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