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Quintana's coup... the arrival of a climbing king!
A short stage with a brutal finish has had netted a significant change to several classifications and the big winner of the 125km race from Annecy to the ski station above the town, Annecy Semnoz, was Nairo Quintana. The Colombian won the stage in an emphatic manner and and gained several extras for finishing the race 17» ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez and 29» in front of Chris Froome. It was a day when Movistar did most of the work at the front of the peloton as the team knew it had the most to gain and Quintana duly delivered all three extras that he sought: a stage victory, the lead of the climbing classification, and second place overall!
The oldest rider in the peloton, Jens Voigt, demonstrated that age has not slowed him down. He finished 32nd in the stage but gave every rider over 40 inspiration by single-handedly holding off a speeding peloton all the way from the midway mark to the final eight kilometres. And once 'The Jensie' show was over, it was time for the GC riders to take over the entertainment.
The key points from the final climb included the fact that Alberto Contador was unable to follow the accelerations made by Quintana, Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez. The rider who was ranked second overall would lose time on this trio all the way to the finish at 1,655m. With 7km to go, he dropped from second to third overall as he was over 25» behind the stage leaders; with 5km to go, he was off the podium... after losing more than 1'00» to the trio that was led by Rodriguez most of the way up the final climb. The Spaniard had words with Quintana and Froome and seemed to suggest, 'Follow me, I'll take you to the top... and then you guys can do what you want - but I'd like a place on the podium.'
The pace set by Rodriguez destroyed Contador's chances and towed the two best riders in the 100th Tour de France up to the 'Flamme Rouge'. Once inside the final kilometre, the brief allegiance was broken and it was each man for himself; Froome hit out with one last attack but this only prompted Quintana to shift into overdrive and dart into the lead.
Onward he raced, up to the second rung of the podium, into the dotted top, and over the line first. Rodriguez got his wish and moved up to third place overall. And Froome? Well, he has said all along that stage wins weren't his priority - he collected three along the way but they are just collateral extras. He wanted the yellow jersey. He's got the yellow jersey. He has an advantage of over five minutes and, from Sunday evening onward, he will be known as 'The Winner of the 100th Tour.'
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 20 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Saturday, July 20th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 20, which will start in Annecy and continue through Annecy-Semnoz, France. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
For all intents and purposes, the cycling betting lines should long since be decided by the time we reach Stage 20. In the event that it is still up in the air though, this is really the last day to do anything about it, as Stage 21 is merely a formality stage, and there shouldn't be a whole heck of a lot of difference between the best and the worst riders.
Here in Stage 20 though, there could still be some magic in the mountains. This is obviously the last of the mountain stages, and it comes at the most tiring time in the entire Tour. Riders start in Annecy and continues to Annecy-Semnoz, a region in France that is rarely visited. The truth of the matter is that this late in the Tour de France, the competitors are usually winding towards Paris, but in this case, there is a flight that has to be hopped to get from Stage 20 to Stage 21.
Six mountaintops are reached in Stage 20 of this tournament, and to make your cycling betting picks, you're going to have to have a heck of a lot of stamina and strength to power through, particularly the last 40 kilometers of the event. There are a few mild climbs up peaks in the first 50 kilometers or so of the ride through Annecy, but the real challenges come starting at the 78 kilometer mark. There at the Mont Revard, competitors have to battle up 15.9 kilometers of a 5.6% incline. The summit isn't the tallest part of the town, but it is definitely one of the tougher climbs considering how late in the Tour that the riders are at that point.
The final climb up Annecy-Semnoz is probably going to serve as a crowning moment for the man that is already wearing the yellow jacket. The climb is an insane one, knowing that it is a whopping 10.7 kilometers on a 8.5% incline. Parts of that climb are as steep as 10.5%, and even the best riders in the world will find that to be daunting.
The penultimate stage of the Tour de France is always one in which the winner of the whole tour at least performs well. Last year for example, the Tour winner, Bradley Wiggins won the second to last stage in fine fashion. This year, it could be someone like Chris Froome or Mark Cavendish, or it could be someone like Alberto Contador. Either way though, we know that it will take a skilled rider at the top of his team to win Stage 20, so be sure to make your cycling betting picks in this stage on the top riders in the world. There will be no upsets here in all likelihood.
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