Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 7: Strong sprinters or attackers

Mathieu van der Poel 2020 - Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 7: Strong sprinters or attackersThe 7th stage is the longest of the 2021 Tour de France. Presumably, the Signal d’Uchon will be crucial in how the race unfolds. The highly irregular climb is crested with 18 kilometres remaining.

The 7th stage adds up to 248 kilometres. Most of it is played out on flat to lightly undulating roads. Until the Signal d’Uchon appears… The climb is 5.7 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 5.7%.

The Signal d’Uchon is highly irregular and the last part in particular is very steep. Almost 2 kilometres before the summit the riders come down a short drop to enter the hardest bit. The average gradient goes up to 11% and the ultimate 700 metres even rise at 13.1%.

The riders crest the decisive ascent 18 kilometres before the finish line.

Pure sprinters are likely to crack on the steep slopes, but the likes of Van der Poel, Van Aert, Matthews, Sagan and Trentin should be able to hold on. If so, a decimated peloton will charge toward a sprint finish in Le Creusot.

Another option is a successful late attack in which the rider(s) manage(s) to keep the peloton at distance. Whatever the outcome, the 7th stage should see a thrilling finale.

Obviously, the start list is far from confirmed, so we’ll update this article later.

Favourites stage 7 Tour de France 2021

*** Peter Sagan, Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert
** Michael Matthews, Matteo Trentin, Marc Hirschi, Arnaud Démare
* Julian Alaphilippe, Benoît Cosnefroy, Kasper Asgreen, Mads Pedersen

Other interesting reads:
route stage 7
provisional start list Tour de France 2021

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