Tour De France 2013 Stage 12 Fougeres To Tours Preview

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Updated: July 10, 2013

The individual time trial is over and Froome has gained extra time on his rivals, now for a very difficult and long race for the riders. This race is 218 kilometres long and this is surely one for the sprinters to yet again get a stage win.

Stage 12 Map Profile 2013

Map Profile

What To Expect

No real climbs but there are hills that could cause a few problems near the end, but mainly throughout the race it will be flat land but a break-away if well organised could manage to run away from the peloton over the last couple of hills or if badly organised will get caught easily. So the sprinters will be trying to get the stage win like Cavendish, Greipel, Goss, Sagan and Kittel. There are no category climbs and the intermediate sprint in 166 kilometres into the race (52 kilometres from the end) so the probable escapees most likely will get maximum points on that.

Predictions

 

I can’t see a break-away group managing to stay ahead of everyone until the end of the race, so I predict that one of the sprinters will win the stage. I think that Cavendish will just about win it with Peter Sagan not far behind. I don’t think Kittel will attack as much as he did in Stage 10, sometimes he can easily hide away when the finish-line approaches. If Greipel uses the same tactic as the other day with his gears then it’s just going to be the same problem where he can’t push himself that bit quicker for a last-ditch sprint.

 

“Tour De France 2013 Stage 12 Fougere To Tours Preview” written by Seb True

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