Tour De France Stage 1 Odds: In Form Kittel Will Be Tough To Beat In Sprint Finish

The world's greatest bike race rolls out on Saturday afternoon with Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour De France taking place in Normandy and it should be a great start to the three week spectacular. This year the Grand Depart is actually taking place in France and the first stage is one for the sprinters with the big powerful men all likely to be going 100% for the stage win and with it comes the yellow jersey.

  • Marcel Kittel has won a total of eight stages at the Tour De France - four each in 2013 and 2014
  • Mark Cavendish has won a total of 26 stages at the Tour De France - the 3rd most of all time

Saturday - 10.00am OddsWon/LostBet
Tour De France Stage 1    
Tips Marcel Kittel to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 4  

Stage Profile Looks Pretty Flat

Stage 1 is a total of 188km and goes from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont with some stunning scenery on offer from the north of France. The route map looks a pretty flat one with only a couple of minor early climbs for the riders tackle and although we are sure to see a breakaway or two, this one looks tailor made for the sprint teams to target.

Sprinters rarely get the chance to don the famous Maillot Jaune which adds extra spice to this stage which will ensure we see a frantic last 20 or 30k with all the sprint teams looking to get their main man into the right position to claim the win.

Kittel Clearly The One To Beat

When it comes to pan flat finishes there is no doubt that Marcel Kittel is the king at the moment with the German proving very difficult to beat this season when fit and healthy. He has the power and the youth in his legs to get his wheel in front and as the betting suggests, Kittel is the clear favourite to claim the first stage on Saturday and slip into the yellow jersey in the process.

Kittel wore the Yellow Jersey back in 2013 and 2014 as a result of sprinting to victory in a flat stage one and provided he gets a good run through to the line and is delivered into the right position by his train, he is the worthy favourite for the win at 6/4 with Coral.

Kittel Won't Have It All His Own Way

The main threat to Kittel could come from Andre Greipel (11/4), who like his German compatriot Kittel, is a regular winner of the flat stages at the Grand Tours. The 33-year-old German Champion has won at least one stage at the Tour for the past five years with a total of ten wins at the Tour De France to his name and he can never be ruled out despite his advancing years.

Mark Cavendish is a legend of the Tour de France with a remarkable 26 Stage wins to his name and although he is not the same sprinter he was when he so dominated the sport a few years back, the Brit remains a live threat in any sprint finish. A former Green Jersey winner, Cav has been in decent form this year with wins in Qatar, Croatia and California on his CV and his aim will be to get at least one stage this year.

The worry for Cavendish backers here is that he clearly has at least one eye on the Olympic Games and he has shown recently that he just lacks the raw speed against Kittel when push comes to shove. Nevertheless he is the ultimate competitor and the Manx Man does make some each-way appeal here at a price of 9/1 with bet365.

Peter Sagan (14/1) remains quick but can't compete with the likes of Kittel in a flat finish, whilst similar comments apply to Nacer Bouhanni (15/1) and Alexander Kristoff (16/1) who could be in the mix on a going day but lack the raw speed of the market leaders.

Conclusion

Mark Cavendish at 9/1 is an eye catching price in a normal year but he has been focusing on the track as much as the road this season which means it really is hard to oppose Marcel Kettel. The German has proven time and time again in this sort of finish that he is the one to beat and although he is a short price, he is very tough to beat at the moment.

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Posted: Wednesday, 29th June 2016

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