The first summit finish of this year's Tour De France comes on Wednesday when the GC riders will make fireworks on the new "La Planche des Belles Filles". Who will win Stage 5? Check out here our Tour De France Stage 5 betting preview, best odds, predictions on Winner & Head to Head, bookie free bets & no deposit bonuses!
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 5 BETTING PREVIEW The approach to the final category-one climb features only one categorised ascent coming 50km before the finish (which a breakaway may use to launch a bid for glory), before the last, explosive 6km to the Planche Des Belles Filles where most of the action is likely to occur. It is a relatively new climb that has been used in the race just twice: in 2012 and 2014. Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali have won the above mentioned stages, and the riders in Yellow at the top (Wiggins and Nibali) have gone on to claim overall race victory in Paris.
The Planche des Belles Filles climb isn’t long but it’s a brute, rising over 1,000 meters in 5.9km and with a stretch of 20% grade right at the top. It’s there Froome attacked in 2012 to escape to victory.
Chris Froome is the obviuos favoruite of this stage as he is the most explosive climber in the peloton. He looked good in the opening TT, and has doubtless improved since the Dauphine.
Richie Porte has shown anything like his best form ahead of the Tour, with his second-place in the Dauphine coming courtesy of a career-best time trial win but he was disappointing in the Stage 1 (the Individual Time Trial) last Saturday.
Nairo Quintana has some seconds to make up after the time trial on day one and we are sure the Colombian will try to make a gap over the other GC contenders.
Fabio Aru looked great in the Dauphine and should be fresh as he has not raced much this season due to injury. Anyway, he prefers high-mountain stages rather than one-climb stages.
Jakob Fuglsang could take advantage of a possible team-work with his team mate Fabio Aru, while Romain Bardet have enough talent - and legs - to make it all by himself.
Thibaut Pinot could be the dark horse, given that rider who are fighting for the Yellow Jersey could control themselves and give the Frenchman enough space to reach the finish line before all other contenders.
Riders like Steve Cummings, Dan Martin, Louis Meintjes and Rafal Majka are capable of a stage victory, but only if attacking early enough.
No chances for the current Yellow Jersey Geraint Thomas, Lilian Calmejane, Pierre Latour, Alberto Contador and Serge Pauwels.
Mikel Landa is likely to help his captain rather that trying to win the stage. Johan Esteban Chaves, Thomas De Gendt and Gianluca Brambilla could be the surprise of the day in case of winning breakaway. Few chances also for Robert Gesink and Simon Yates.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 5 ODDS
- Chris Froome @ 5.00
- Richie Porte @ 5.00
- Fabio Aru @ 13.00
- Nairo Quintana @ 15.00
- Daniel Martin @ 17.00
- Thibaut Pinot @ 26.00
- Jakob Fuglsang 26.00
- Romain Bardet @ 26.00
- Steve Cummings @ 34.00
- Alberto Contador @ 34.00
- Geraint Thomas @ 34.00
- Pierre Rolland @ 34.00
- Rafal Majka @ 34.00
- Thomas de Gendt @ 41.00
- Johan Esteban Chaves @ 41.00
- Simon Yates @ 41.00
- Robert Gesink @ 51.00
- Louis Meintjes @ 51.00
- Gianluca Brambilla @ 67.00
- Mikel Landa @ 81.00
- Lilian Calmejane @ 81.00
- Pierre Latour @ 81.00
- Carlos Betancur @ 101.00
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 5 PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Chris Froome @ 5.00
- Winner: Daniel Martin @ 17.00
- Winner: Romain Bardet @ 26.00
- Head to Head: Bardet to beat Contador @ 1.75
- Head to Head: Daniel Martin to beat Fuglsang @ 1.80
- Head to Head: Froome to beat Quintana @ 1.42
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