Tour de France Update
This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Sir, I’ve Forgotten my Inhaler
After a rest day, we begin again with Stage 16, a long climby one, saying a quick hola to Spain, with the three most brutal coming in the final 70k. If Chris Froome is to get back into Yellow Jersey fashion, this would an appropriate place to start. In 2016, on the way down from the Col de Portillon, he took 13 a staggering 13 seconds off his rivals.
Adam Yates is the favourite to win the stage – currently out of the running for glory in 30th place, the peloton will be happy to let him get on with it. His price (around 10/1) indicates how open this stage is however. Julian Alaphilippe and Warren Barguil will be keen to notch up some King of the Mountain points.
But all eyes on Froome. This is where he tends to hit his stride – the final week of a tour, and although many will expect a break on the final descent, he showed on Stage 19 of the Giro that he isn’t afraid to go big and go early. With Geraint Thomas currently in the yellow jersey, it isn’t clear if Team Sky would send anyone to chase him home either.
It is hard to believe that a grizzled veteran with a winning mindset like Froome would be happy showing up and playing second fiddle to Thomas – not whilst he is still chasing records both for this year, and overall tours. His 2.92 on the Betfair Exchange to win the Tour de France remains the bet.