Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 12: Sprinting after crosswinds

Mathieu van der Poel 2021 - Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 12:image: Cor VosIn theory, the race from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Nîmes could see a bunch sprint. On the other hand, with strong winds barrelling down the Rhône Valley echelons are not unlikely to happen in this part of France. Who are the favourites to win stage 12 at the Tour?

The area around Nîmes is not only known for the hottest summer of France, but also for weather phenomena such as the the Mistral, Tramontana and Sirocco. In short, strong winds are not uncommon.

Whether this will be the case on Sunday July 8 is impossible to predict. But given the relatively flat and exposed course with a possibility of echelons, we estimate that the riders below have good credentials. In 2020, Van Aert won the echelon marked race into Lavaur.

Obviously, we’ll update this article in due time.

Favourites stage 12 Tour de France 2021

*** Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, Mathieu van der Poel
** Michael Matthews, Pascal Ackermann, Arnaud Démare
* Jasper Philipsen, Alexander Kristoff, Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan

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route stage 12
provisional start list Tour de France 2021

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