Tour de France: Stage 20: Megeve - Morzine-Avoriaz



Romain Bardet set French pulses running yesterday after he claimed a magnificent victory on one of 2016's toughest stages!

We're in for another monster of a stage today as the riders travel from Megeve to Morzine. Has Chris Froome recovered from his little fall yesterday, or can one of the other GC contenders capitalise on his ill-fortune? Let's find out!

To Win Stage
Alejandro Valverde 8/1 | Vincenzo Nibali 8/1 | Romain Bardet 12/1 | Jarinson Pantano 13/1 | Joaquim Rodriguez 14/1

The Contenders

Alejandro Valverde 8/1
The Spanish rider, has in many ways, looked stronger than his team leader, Nairo Quintna. He currently sits just over six minutes behind Chris Froome and could fancy himself in a breakaway on a stage which he can definitely win.

Louis Meintjies 40/1
The South African has come out and surprised just about everyone this year with a magnificent all-round performance which has seen him claim eighth-place in the race so far. He'll be desperate to claim a stage victory, with this probably being his last realistic chance.

Wouter Poels 80/1
The Team Sky man has been easily the hardest working lieutenant in the race so far, assisting Chris Froome up a number of the toughest climbs on the 2016 tour. He will probably lead Team Sky next year on either the Vuelta d'Espana or the Giro d'Italia, however a stage win here isn't out of his grasp. A tasty prospect at 80/1.


The Route
Yet another tough day in the saddle for the riders before they can look forward to the relatively straight-forward run in to Paris tomorrow.  

There are four categorised climbs on today's stage - the category two Col des Aravis (6.7 kilometres at 7%), the category one Col de la Colombiere (11.7 kilometres at 5.8%), another category one monster; the Col de la Ramaz (13.9 kilometres at 7.1%) and finally the beyond category Col de Joux Plane (11.6 kilometres at 8.5%).

Interestingly enough, this stage doesn't end on a mountain top, there's a steep decline on the way down to Morzine which could see the likes of Nibali and Valverde look to claim victory with their outstanding descending skills.

Expect the sprinters to take today easily as they prepare to launch their final assault on the beautiful roads of Paris tomorrow afternoon.


Verdict: Vincenzo Nibali 8/1
When it comes to descending, there's nobody better in the world. He will be targeting this stage, and if he gets over the top of the Col de Joux Plane first, nobody will catch him.

Louis Meintjies 40/1
We have to tip a South African at some point, don't we? Meintjies has had an absolutely magnificent Tour and looks as though he has enough left in the tank to launch an attack on this stage. A magnificent climber with the ability to descend with the best of them, have a little go.  

Written by Jason Dewey for @Hollywoodbets.

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