Stage 3 of the 2023 Tour De France is a 193.5 km flat run from Amorebieta-Etxano to Bayonne. After two hilly days in the Basque Country it will be the first chance for sprinters to win a stage. Who will come out on top? Read here our Tour De France Stage 3 predictions, highest odds, recommended bets on Winner, Top 3 & Head to Head, betting promotions and sign-up offers.
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The fast riders will finally get a chance of victory on stage 3 as the Tour de France leaves the Basque Country and enters France.
A couple early and relatively easy climbs shouldn’t spoil the day for sprinters. Anyway, with much of the route running along the coast, crosswinds and echelons are a possibility.
Roundabouts in the final 5 kilometers could also create problems.
Despite that, since teams are still fresh and complete, we expect a bunch sprint in Bayonne.
Stage 3 Favourites
Jasper Philipsen is the odds on favorite. He won a couple of stages last year and will try to improve his tally. Mathieu Van Der Poel will probably not participate in the lead out, as the Dutchman clearly need to recover his form, and this could be a major blow. Anyway, if Philipsen he starts his sprint from a good position, he’ll be very hard to beat.
Fabio Jakobsen is the second favorite. He won the opening sprint in 2022 but failed to register another victory throughout the whole race. His form is not promising at the moment, with only 5 wins to his name this season (two at the recent Belgium Tour). He has a strong train and with many roundabouts in the final kilometers, this could be a deciding factor.
Mark Cavendish and Dylan Groenewegen are pure sprinters and over 2400 metres of climbing in this stage could make their legs heavy for the final sprint. Tomorrow's stage could suit them better.
Mads Pedersen should be in the mix despite he has not saved his legs in the first two stages. Wout Van Aert also looked exhausted and rumours suggest that the Belgian won't be sprinting in Bayonne.
Any possible surprise?
Caleb Ewan has a full team dedicated to him this year. He has only won once this year and the form doesn't look great but we would not rule the Australian out.
Sam Welsford won Sunday's intermediate sprint in impressive fashion. Winning a stage is totally different by has plenty of speed an courage. The lack of a competitive lead out could cost him many positions.
Eritrea’s Biniam Girmay and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff are other candidates to finish in the top 3 in Bayonne.
Peter Sagan, Phil Bauhaus, Jordi Meeus, Bryan Coquard and Cees Bol will aim to get a Top 10 finish while we don't expect Christophe Laporte participating in mass sprints this year.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 3 PREDICTIONS The section below contains our experts' betting tips on the Tour De France Stage 3 (Winner, Top 3 and Head To Head recommended bets).
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