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Bakelants cooks up a surprise in Ajaccio
With every rider on the same time in general classification there was destined to be a shake up of the general classification in what was effectively a re-start of the hunt for the yellow jersey.
If you nominated Jan Bakelants as the rider who would prevail in Ajaccio, take a bow. The 27-year-old from RadioShack-Leopard has been a pro since 2009 but has not won a race in that time. Now he's the leader of the Tour de France. He held off the peloton after an attack that came on the long, flat run to the finish.
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 2 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Sunday, June 30th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 2, which will start at Bastia and finish up at Ajaccio, France. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
The second stage of the Tour de France is going to once again be on the island of Corsica for the first time in the history of the tour. This is the 100th Tour de France, and fans making their cycling betting picks are going to have a tough time trying to handicap these first few stages out. This second stage through Bastia and Ajaccio is going to be an interesting one, as it is expected to be another relatively easy stage to get through.
Stage 2 of the Tour this year only will last 155 kilometers, and the mass majority of the land which this is being run on is relatively flat. The route is completely slanted to the south and the west, as it starts in the northeast part of the island of Corsica and runs all the way to the west coast, through the Haute Corse and all the way to Ajaccio. There are some steeper roads in the middle of the island, and there is a particularly steep slope at the Monte Salario, which is right towards the finish line for the stage. Needless to say, the man that is able to take this climb the most efficiently will end up with at least some points and a solid finish.
Once riders make it up the Cole de Vizzavona, the highest point of this race 1,163 meters above sea level, the rest of the stage is basically downhill, and the decline is incredibly steep.
The highlight of this stage for those playing the cycling betting lines is clearly going to be the beauty of the end of this race. Corsica is known as one of the most beautiful parts of France, and the last few miles are right along the coastline in the Gulf of Ajaccio, which makes for the perfect backdrop for the decline to the finish line.
Last year was a relatively easy run at the start for both British and Slovakian riders. The Slovakian team, in particular, was awesome in the first stages of the Tour de France, and we wouldn't be all that shocked if they ultimately did well again in this Tour. Peter Sagan won both Stage 1 and Stage 3 in the 2013 Tour de France, and he very well could be a contender once again on the cycling betting odds in this race. British riders, Chris Froome and David Millar both won some of the medium mountain stages early in the Tour de France last year, and they are going to be contenders in the middle of this stage as well.
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