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Kittel takes on Cavendish... and wins again
A bunch sprint. That's what most said the 12th stage would end with and that almost happened. The thing is, bunch sprints in the 100th Tour de France haven't been contested by all the riders in the peloton as crashes have eliminated a fair portion of the peloton when a sprint looms. It happened again in Tours.
Instead of it ending with a race between all the fastest guys it was a battle between those who survived a crash. And again it was Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano team who was not just a survivor but the winner! The German has three stage victories to his credit already and this time he beat The Master of sprinting in the modern, Mark Cavendish. Two days ago, Kittel surprised his compatriot André Greipel with a fast turn of pace in the final metres; this time he raised the ire of Cavendish by coming past him in the final 20 metres of the 218km stage from Fougères to Tours.
The ramifications of the crash that was caused by a Lotto-Belisol rider will be known in the hours that follow the race but Porte and Boasson Hagen were two Sky riders caught up and we wait to find out what their injuries are. What we do know is that Lotto-Belisol had no one in the lead group and they missed out on a chance to take on Kittel and Cavendish on their terrain.
Beating the Tour de France odds is one of the most difficult things that a bettor could do. Here at BookMaker Sportsbook, we're giving you a profile of Stage 12 of the Tour, giving you all of the ins and outs of what you can expect for this stage and stating some of the riders that might be best to be on your radar when it comes time to actually bet the race.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 12, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 11th, 2013. This stage will stretch from Fougeres down to Tours, France, and the NBC Sports Network is going to have the live television of this race. Join us at BookMaker Sportsbook as we give you all that you need to know about this stage when it's time to analyze the Tour de France odds!
Relatively speaking, the riders should all be well-rested for this run, and they're going to need it! They will have had an off day followed by a relatively flat 197 kilometer run in Stage 10, and then a short individual time trial in Stage 11. This though, is the start of four very long stages. The riders are going to literally be travelling clear across the country, all the way from the northwest corner down to Lyon in the eastern portion of the nation in just three days, and this is a whopping 218 kilometers of travel. It will take a truly strong effort from not just an individual, but for a team to beat the Tour de France betting odds in Stage 12.
As we have seen over the course of the last several stages though, there isn't a lot to talk about in terms of terrain. There literally is not a single hill that registers an incline of even 2% over the course of the whole 218 kilometers.
The start of this race is set in Fougeres, a culturally based town with tons of awesome architecture. The backdrop will be surreal, even if the difficulty level is relatively low. Strategy is more the key than anything else.
Historical Tours is the landing spot for Stage 12, and this town is one that has been a subject of the Tour de France gambling odds for years and years, and there aren't many races like this that don't at least pass through such a beautiful town.
The common thought is that Team Quick Step, Team Orica-Green Edge, and Team Lotto-Belisol might be the teams to beat in this race, especially if Team Sky turns out to burn itself out over the distance that it has to cover. Someone like a Philippe Gilbert could turn out to be the lucky winner of this stage very easily if he can get some help from his teammates, though there are any number of riders, perhaps even some rookies to the race that could ultimately surprise as long as team strategy is good enough.
This is one of the stages where you probably won't want to bet on the top riders on the Tour de France wagering odds. Don't look to find Alberto Contador running near the front of the pack, especially if he is wearing the yellow jersey at this point in the Tour.
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