Tour de France 2016 Favourites stage 3: Sprint on false flat arrival
Leading to Angers, this is one of the longest stages in the 2016 Tour de France. After 223 kilometres on flat to rolling roads the arrival is slightly uphill. A fast man is the big favourite, that's for sure, but what are his credentials? (Slideshow route/profile)
We can expect Kittel and Cav to come to the fore at a flat arrival section, while it is to the advantage of the likes of Sagan, Greipel and Kristoff when the arrival is a false flat like today’s. Guys like Degenkolb and Matthews are at their best when the finale is tough and demanding, yet in that case they should reckon with Sagan also as the World Champion is a versatile rider.
After a race on rolling roads, the last kilometre of stage 3 goes up a a 2.5% gradient.
Stage 1 was won by Mark Cavendish ahead of Kittel on a flat arrival, while Sagan showed his form by finishing in third. The next day the World Champion powerd to the win on the puncher’s arrival of stage 2.
Favourites 3rd stage Tour de France 2016:
*** Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff, André Greipel, Mark Cavendish
** Marcel Kittel, Michael Matthews, John Degenkolb
* Davide Cimolai, Dylan Groenewegen, Bryan Coquard, Dylan Teuns
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