The final stage of the Tour de France 2016 will see the riders depart from Chantilly following a back-breaking three days in the Alps.
The general classification is pretty much wrapped up with Chris Froome coming through yesterday’s stage unscathed. Today represents one last chance for the sprinters. Can Bryan Coquard or Andre Greipel finally claim a stage win or will Marcel Kittel claim his second stage victory of the race following Mark Cavendish's retirement? Let’s take a look.
To Win Stage
Marcel Kittel 1/1 | Andre Greipel 4/1 | Alexander Kristoff 5/1 | Peter Sagan 7/1 | Bryan Coquard 10/1
Marcel Kittel 1/1
Easily the strongest pure sprinter left in the Tour following Mark Cavendish’s retirement from the race, the German will likely win this stage if he positions himself correctly as the riders head toward the finish.
Andre Greipel 4/1
It’s been a disappointing Tour for the Gorilla. He would have fully come into the race expecting to at least have had a stage win before the finale in Paris. That said, his previous failures will only make him push harder on the final stage – a definite contender today.
Bryan Coquard 10/1
You simply can’t discount the French sprinter from Direct-Energie. He’s come so close on one or two occasions this year but has fallen agonisingly short to some of the best sprinters on the planet. He’d love nothing more than to win in the French capital and join Romain Bardet as one of only two Frenchman to claim stage victories at this year’s tour.
The riders will be ecstatic to see the end of the Alps after a few draining days of climbing.
The teams of the sprinters will likely set a wild pace at the front of the race as the peloton snakes its way through the streets of Paris to the finish beneath the Arc de Triomphe.
Once in the city, the riders will embark on a number of laps around a pre-determined course. The entire circuit is around 6.5 kilometres long, and will be ridden 10 times. During the circuit the riders will flash past monuments like the Arc de Triomphe, the Tuileries, the Louvre as well as the Place de la Concorde. At speeds of 50 kilometres per hour, the field will have no time to take in the sights as they jostle for position in what is likely to be a chaotic peloton.
The final lap will likely see a frenetic battle for position near the front of the field with the teams of the sprinters all doing their best to protect their men. The weather looks good in Paris so we should see an exciting finish today, and hopefully no incidents on the road.
Verdict: Bryan Coquard 10/1
It’d be easy to back Kittel or Greipel here, however, we’re looking for a bit of value on the final stage. Coquard has already proven to us that he can mix it up with the best of the sprinters and will be desperate to claim victory in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.
Michael Matthews 50/1
The Aussie has already shown us that he can sprint with the best of them following his victory on stage 10 in Revel in which he made short work of Peter Sagan. At 50/1 he represents amazing value and should be backed with a small stake.