Tour De Frace Stage 14 is a 181.5km run from Blagnac to Rodez, a transition stage that takes the race into the challenging terrain of France’s Massif Central. Read below our Tour De France Stage 14 betting preview, best odds, predictions on Winner & Head to Head, bookie offers & no deposit free bets on the Tour De France!
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 14 BETTING PREVIEW The stage begins on mostly flat roads, but the final 100km offer a steady series of hills and valleys, including two Category 3 ascents. The journey to Rodez will challenge riders with steep climbs with the last 570m averaging 9.6%. The route looks too hard for pure sprinters, so we expect puncheurs to fight for the stage win, given that the GC teams will most likely sit tight tomorrow in anticipation of the Alpes..
Those hoping for a breakaway win might not be too optimistic about their chances as riders such as Michael Matthews and Greg van Avermaet - took his first Tour stage win at Rodez in 2015 - are both winless and suit the profile.
If there is another sprinter with a chance here, that is John Degenkolb. On his best day, he could have no problems on this kind of routes and could be in the mix.
Philippe Gilbert and Dan Martin both eager to capitalise on their good form and Edvald Boasson Hagen is worth keeping an eye on as well as the Norwegian has shown he has good legs in a couple of bunch sprints, challenging Marcel Kittel many times.
Steve Cummings sat in the "gruppetto" in stage 13, preserving his legs for this stage while Lilian Calmejane has already won a similar stage at this year's Tour and can make the "double".
Mikel Landa was superb on Thursday's stage and now he is very close to the top 3 in the GC. As a result, the Spaniard will be more controlled from now
Michael Albasini has been very quiet so far. He has a decent record in the punchy classics races – including this season. The finale here looks great for him but his form is "questionable".
Another rider with good chances is Fabio Felline. The Italian is decent on the types of climbs that feature on stage 14 and he is a good finisher too. We can't rule out Diego Ulissi, but he could be a bit tired after yesterday's effort on the first two ascents. The Italian contingent can also count on Sonny Colbrelli and Alberto Bettiol. The latter - as well as Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski - could be used only to support his captain Rigoberto Uran.
Tim Wellens, Jan Bakelants, Zdenek Stybar, TOny Gallopin, Oliver Naesen, Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas De Gendt are the most fancied among the riders at higher odds.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 14 ODDS
- Greg Van Avermaet @ 5.00
- Michael Matthews @ 5.75
- Philippe Gilbert @ 10.00
- Sonny Colbrelli @ 22.00
- Daniel Martin @ 23.00
- John Degenkolb @ 25.00
- Edvald Boasson Hagen @ 29.00
- Tim Wellens @ 34.00
- Jan Bakelants @ 41.00
- Zdenek Stybar @ 41.00
- Alberto Bettiol @ 41.00
- Oliver Naesen @ 41.00
- Michael Albasini @ 41.00
- Diego Ulissi @ 51.00
- Nacer Bouhanni @ 65.00
- Steve Cummings @ 66.00
- Lars Bak @ 67.00
- Michal Kwiatkowski @ 67.00
- Tony Gallopin @ 67.00
- Fabio Felline @ 67.00
- Tiesj Benoot @ 67.00
- Ben Swift @ 68.00
- Davide Cimolai @ 81.00
- Stefan Kung @ 81.00
- Sylvain Chavanel @ 81.00
- Tony Martin @ 81.00
- Thomas de Gendt 91.00
- Thomas Voeckler 101.00
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 14 PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Michael Matthews @ 5.75
- Winner: Edvald Boasson Hagen @ 29.00
- Winner: Steve Cummings @ 66.00
- Head to Head: Boasson-Hagen to beat Degenkolb @ 1.90
- Head to Head: Matthews to beat Van Avermaet @ 1.72
- Head to Head: D. Martin to beat Froome @ 1.40
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