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Sagan 1st after a 150km lead-out by Cannondale
Generally a lead-out train for a sprint forms for the closing kilometres of a stage but if you have a look at the final 150km of the stage from Montpellier to Albi you'll be hard pressed to find a team other than Cannondale on the front of the peloton for longer than a couple of minutes. This was a day when their leader, Peter Sagan, was determined to win and ultimately he did. The credit for success must go to every member of the team that was utterly committed to delivering him to the line in first place. Not only did he win the stage, he did so on a day that his teams eliminated his main rivals for the green jersey. Sagan was first at the intermediate sprint and first again at the finish. He collected the maximum haul of points for the stage (65) and now leads yesterday's winner 224 points, to 130. The Slovakian champion was frustrated at having finished second in three stages in the first week but admitted after stage six that he had a plan: wait, be patient, and pounce when the other sprinters will have switched into survival mode.
The terrain on the roads to the capital of the Tarn, were anything but flat. It was a day of undulations but also featured three significant categorised climbs. It was on the second rise, the col de la Croix de Mounis, that Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and a group of 58 others got in trouble. A point was made by Cannondale: don't mess with our leader! And they rammed the point home by never easing the tempo until the race was won.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over the world are going to be gathered together all across France for the always exciting Tour de France this summer. The 2013 edition of the race is going to be even more intriguing from an international standpoint, knowing that this is going to be the 100th time that this race has been run. Join us here at BookMaker Sportsbook, as we dive right into the ins and outs of Stage 7, as we have the best Tour de France betting coverage that you'll find on the internet!
2013 Tour De France betting action is set to take the world by storm this summer! On Friday, July 5th, the best cyclists in the world will get together for Stage 7 of the Tour de France, which will take run from Montpellier through Albi, France. Coverage for this and all of the stages can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
By the time the first week of the Tour de France ends, we'll have a good idea which teams will ultimately still be in the running for the various jerseys and for the overall classification awards. However, as those who regularly make Tour de France betting picks know, getting up to the mountains is sometimes where the rubber meets the road for a lot of these teams. At this point, if your top riders aren't in contention, unless they are climbers by nature, you may as well consider them as good as dead in the water.
Stage 7 is the first truly grueling mountainous stage, though there are two days of long climbs ahead for the riders. This stage features 176.5 kilometers of all sorts of terrain, ranging from right where the cyclists left off in Montpellier, all the way up to Albi. As they head to the west through the coastline, the Pyrenees Mountains will be in the distance, and the road up to that point is anything but easy.
The climbs aren't the most treacherous here on the road to Albi, but they are most certainly lengthy, which makes this a tough ride to handicap on the Tour de France betting lines. A rider like Peter Sagan could still win a race like this one, but it is very possible that a mountain rider such as Alberto Contador could be in contention as well.
Starting at the 80 kilometer mark, there are some very steep inclines. In a span of just 20 kilometers, the riders are going to have to go through a 7-kilometer climb at nearly a 6% incline and a 6.7-kilometer climb at a 6.5% incline. That's going to make life incredibly difficult, and that's the part of Stage 7 that will make or break riders.
Remember too, that Stage 7 isn't the end of the world for the top cyclists in the world. We have seen these transition stages have some odd results in the past, as many are just going to try to not lose all that much ground. The real work comes in the next two days in the Pyrenees Mountains, and all of the riders are going to need to reserve as much stamina as they can for the racing in Stages 8 and 9 as well.
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Tour de France gambling - Richie Porte making name for himself in 2013 Tour de France
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