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Trentin: the premier Italian stage winner in the 100th Tour
A group of 14 came to the finish of the 14th stage after being on the attack for 150km; the escape would last the distance on the road to Lyon and the winner would come from a selection that worked very hard to gain time on the peloton in the opening two hours.
It was a closely fought battle for line honours but ultimately Matteo Trentin of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep had the strength - and the wits - to relegate his escape companions to the minor places. He has been a vital member of the lead-out train for Mark Cavendish but today he got his own chance to shine and, away from the OPQ-Express he showed that he's a formidable sprinter in his own right.
He timed his run to the line to perfection, coming from well behind the group of 12 that would finish in the same time... and into the lead he pounced in the dying metres of the 191km stage.
Michael Albasini seemed to have the victory stitched up but the Omega Pharma-Quickstep avenged its loss to Orica-GreenEdge in the team time trial and Trentin beat Albasini with a well timed throw on the finishline. In his first Tour de France start, the 23-year-old Italian earned his team its fourth stage victory in the 100th Tour de France and its second in four days.
The Tour de France is just about set to get started, as all of the best bike riders in the world will get together for this four-week event. Cycling betting enthusiasts are going to be psyched up for Stage 14 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Saturday, July 13th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 14, which will start in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule through one of the main stopping points in the Tour de France, Lyon. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
By definition, the cycling betting odds in Stage 14 will be contested as a flat stage, but anyone who looks at the terrain between Saint-Pourcain-sure-Sioule and Lyon knows that this is anything but a totally flat stage. Sure, there aren't any massive mountains to climb, but there aren't many totally flatlands to try to run through either.
Simply put, if you're a sprinter in the Tour de France, and you're not one of the favorites on the cycling betting lines at this point in the race, you're never going to get there. This is where the men start to get separated from the boys, and this is one of those races where there could be minutes upon minutes of time either gained or lost.
We haven't seen a stage with seven climbs in it yet to this point in the Tour de France, but here in Stage 14, we have that exact situation. It takes 60+ kilometers to get to the first real incline, and though it isn't anything particularly remarkable at two kilometers long at 4.9% of an incline, it is the first of a huge set of short bursts that are required to get down to Lyon. The climb at the Col du Pilon is the toughest of the bunch, and it comes 126 kilometers in Stage 14. There, the riders are going to be riding uphill for 6.3 kilometers at a 4.4% incline, and they will reach a height of 727 meters above sea level.
There is a long decline from that point forward, but the separation will clearly already be done by then. Even the best of cyclists could end up several minutes off of the pace of the leaders, particularly if they are some of the sprinters that have excelled over the course of the last few races.
Keep a very close eye on teamwork in this stage. This is one of the rare stages where you will potentially see some of the more skilled riders break away from their teams. Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan, and Mark Cavendish are all very likely to do that, though it isn't all that often that we saw Cavendish and his teammates do that in the Tour de France in 2012 when its leader, Bradley Wiggins took the lead and the Tour.
By the time the riders get down to Lyon, there will be a bit of a sigh of relief, as there is a bit of a rest coming. Still, to make for great cycling betting picks in Stage 14, it is going to take a ton of skill and stamina, the likes of which we haven't seen necessary in Stages 11-13.
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