Here we go, this is my first attempt at a Blog, I'm not even sure how I got to this page. A bit about me, I am a keen Club Cyclist and follow the Grand Tours, I have had some nice bets in the past on cycling and hope to have some more in the future.
About this years race (2018). Chris Froome is under intense pressure following the Salbutamol inhaler leaked test results. Chris received a hostile reception from a partisan French crowd, the French would sell their souls to the Devil for a French winner Bardet, Barguil, Alaphilippe, Latour, Rolland and Demare are the pick of the bunch, with chances to win Stages and Jerseys this year.
As for my bets, for the moment I am keeping them close to my chest, but I have backed 4 riders to win 5 figure sums, NOT including Froome, Porte & Quintana who in my opinion represent Poor Value for money, I would want 9/4 just for Richie Porte to complete the Tour, his recent form is good winning the Tour De Swiss but crashed out here last year taking Dan Martin with him.
Stage 1. A flat Stage of over 200km and a refreshing change to the usual TT opening. Surely today will end in a Big Bunch Sprint between Gaviria, Sagan, Kittel, Cavendish and Groenewegen...
10km from the finish and the pace is Red Hot, one touch of a wheel and your Tour could be instantly over. First to tumble is Richie Porte, then Latour is distanced either by traffic or a mechanical. Splits are appearing in the Peloton and then with 5km to go Froome is Head over Heels on the grassy banking. Now I've watched it 10 times on review and that looked like a shoulder barge to me. Deliberate or accidental, not sure ?
Quintana punctures at 3.3km and is left behind, at 65kmph nobody is geting back in to the Peloton here, Cavendish is dropped ! His day is over. Adam Yates another big GC contender is dropped. Bob Jungels leads out the sprinters with 1km to go, the Quick-Step Road Train hit the front with 500m to go Terpstra takes over from Jungels, at 400m Gaviria is looking for room and burst through with Sagan behind him, with Kittel taking 3rd place. Phew !!