Another punchy finish as the riders tackle the Mûr-de-Bretagne. Overall the route covers 181km and includes 4 categorised climbs. They’ll ascend the Mur twice in the closing kilometres which will make for plenty of tension in the peloton and some interesting tactics.
The race has finished here twice before and on both occasions there were some significant splits come the finish line. It’ll mean that the GC teams will look to control the race while stage hopefuls will need to work their way to the front while the pace is already high. It’s a tough one to call but looking at Alaphillipe on the intermediate sprint yesterday I think he’s a good shout for today. He will look to jump early on the steepest sections and hold it to the line or outsprint anyone that tries to come with him.
We haven’t had a great time so far with the betting, Demare letting us down yesterday by being dropped a long way out. Today I’m going with another match up, this time with Alaphilippe to beat Valverde. It’s a tight one this but I like the odds at 1.9 and I think the QS rider will really fancy his chances for the stage win and will be well protected throughout the stage.
3pts on Julian Alaphilippe tb Alejandro Valverde at 1.9
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