In recent Tours de France Kittel was by far the fastest sprinter in the race, which earned him the title of King. A victory in Fougeres would have been appropriate for that matter. The city has an impressive and well-preserved castle dating back to 1012. But the fast German is not part of the Giant-squad. So who is going to take his throne?
Mark Cavendish crashed out of the 2014 Tour in stage 1, 2015 is his chance to put things right and show his sprint throne is not yet completely lost. But until now it was André Greipel who outpermed the man from Man in both bunch sprints, so may be King Greipel is more appropriate. On the other hand, Norwegian Alexander Kristoff doesn’t aspire throne, he just wants to win.
Among the outsiders are Arnaud Démare, John Degenkolb and Sam Bennett. The 23-year-old Bryan Coquard is capable of a surprise and let’s not forget about Tinkoff-pilot Peter Sagan either. He was second in both sprints until now, besting Cavendish twice…
*** Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff, André Greipel
** Peter Sagan, John Degenkolb
* Arnaud Démare, Sam Bennett, Bryan Coquard
Tour de France 2015 stage 7: Route maps, height profile, and more
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