Stage 7, a 249km run from Vierzon to Le Creusot, is the longest stage of this year's Tour De France. The hills return, and it features over 3,000 metres of climbing.This post contains our Tour De France Stage 7 predictions, best odds, recommended bets on Winner, Top 3 & Head to Head, promotions & no deposit free bets!
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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 7 BETTING PREVIEWThe first two thirds of the stage are flat, but there are five climbs in the back half of the course that will absolutely heat up the action. Things get interesting after 161km of racing with a short Category 3 climb, the Côte de Château-Chinon. Four more climbs follow, most notably a Category 2 ascent, the Signal d’Uchon, at 231km in.
This ascent is 5.7km long and the final two kilometers have a gradient of 9.4% and 13.1% (and it pitches to 18% at one point), so it will be the deciding point. The climb also features eight, five and two bonus seconds to the first three riders that cross the top of the climb respectively.
The Côte de la Gourloye is the last obstacle of the day. The 2.4 kilometres at 5.3% is not as nasty as the Signal d’Uchon though, while it’s crested with 8 kilometres to go to Le Creusot.
A slight downhill from the last climb gives way to an up-down final 5km and one sharp switchback corner at 1.5km to go.
It's a tricky stage because it could potentially end in a reduced sprint but also has the potential to be a bit more of a selective final, with that category 2 climb positioned with 8km to go.
Stage 7 FavouritesMathieu Van Der Poel leads the General Classification with a 8 second gap over Tadej Pogaçar. The Dutch rider will fight to retain his yellow jersey but he could also target the time bonuses on the penultimate ascent and, eventually, keep pushing until the finish line.
Julian Alaphilippe may also see this as an opportunity to gain time should there will be a battle between GC contenders.
Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan aer among the riders suspected to have targeted this stage. The course suits them, so we expect both the Australian and the Slovakian to be in the mix.
Michael Woods lost a lot of time in the opening stage, and this should give the Canadian the freedom to attack up the road.
Wout Van Aert is another fast rider that could attack on the final climb in case the beakaway has been absorbed (or it is not too far away).
The Belgian could be followed by riders such as Sonny Colbrelli, Philippe Gilbert, Kasper Agreen, Alexey Lutsenko, March Hirschi and Jakob Fuglsang, but all these riders will finish well-beaten in case of reduced sprint.
Dark horses?Team Jumbo-Visma could launch the 8th placed Jonas Vingegaard in order to force other teams to chase and waste energies.
Simon Yates has been relatively quiet so far but he is well-suited to attacking on a tough climb with 20km to go. He is nearly 11 minutes down on the yellow jersey so the overall contenders will be content to let him go down the road in the breakaway.
We expect Alejandro Valverde to join the breakaway and try to win a Tour De France stage for the first time since 2012. Rafal Majka is another rider who has the skillset to attack on the uphill and ride home on his own.
The exuberant Ide Schelling will undoubtedly look to join the break to protect the polka-dot jersey but we don't expect him to be a contender for the stage win. The likes of Omar Fraile, Tiesj Benoot, Soren Kragh Andersen and Matej Mohoric are possible attackers as well.
Other riders that could challenge for the stage from the main favourites group include Pierre Latour, David Gaudu, Sergio Higuita while Thomas De Gendt and Rui Costa all know how to solo clear on days like this one.
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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 7 PREDICTIONS The section below contains our experts' betting tips on the Tour De France Stage 7 (Winner, Top 3 and Head To Head recommended bets).
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