Stage 16 - a 164km run from Le Tour du Pin to Villard de Lans - comes after the second rest day and brings the Tour de France to the first of three days in the Alps. Who will win the easiest of the final week’s three Alpine stages? This article contains our Tour De France Stage 16 betting tips, best odds, expert picks on Winner, Top 3 & Head to Head, free bets & betting promotions!
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 16 BETTING PREVIEWWe expect Peter Sagan's BORA-hansgrohe teammates going on the attack and try to drop Sam Bennett before the Intermediate Sprint in Saint-Joseph-de-Rivière, 44.5km into the stage.
The serious climbing begins soon after the sprint, with two Category 2 ascents and the Category 1 Montée Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, an 11km climb which rises at an average gradient of 6.5%.
This will be hardest point and will come 20km from the finish. It will be followed by a potentially windy plateau before a ramp up towards the finish line.
All three of the major climbs in Stage 16 have relatively low gradients so we expect ideal conditions for the breakaway before Wednesday's GC contenders showdown.
Stage 16 FavoritesMarc Hirschi has been a multiple headliner on the race so far. The young Swiss impressively claimed his deserved win on Stage 12 after losing out to Alaphilippe on Stage 2, then to Pogacar on Stage 9.
Julian Alaphilippe is one of the most backed riders once again. This stage suits him the most as it doesn't feature monster climbs
Other likely attackers are Pierre Rolland and Jesus Herrada - both are battling for KOM points - plus riders such as Alexey Lutsenko, Matteo Trentin and Greg Van Avermaet.
We also expect something good from Team Ineos, maybe with former Giro D'Italia winner Richard Carapaz rather than Egan Bernal.
Any long-shot with good chances?This stage presents another opportunity for some of the riders we tipped for Sunday’s Stage 15: BORA’s Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna, FDJ's David Gaudu. EF Pro Cycling's Daniel Martinez (who won stage 13), Tiesj Benoot from Team Sunweb, Movistar's Marc Soler, Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chavez.
Emmanuel Buchmann is another possible contender, as well as Pello Bilbao, Thomas De Gendt and Alessandro De Marchi.
We don't fancy Thibaut Pinot as he looked in bad shape on Sunday. We would also overlook Daniel Martin and Alejandro Valverde.
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