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Marcel Kittel Wins Tour De France Second Stage

July 4, 2017

Tour De France Second Stage ended with a Marcel Kittel victory. On the other hand, Chris Froome still finished with enough time to spare despite an incident due to a wet corner.

Despite the incident, Froome is still the most favored cyclist for most Bitcoin sportsbook platforms. Following him is Richie Porte and Nairo Quintina.

Tour De France 2017 odds

For the outright winner of the Tour De France 2017, Christopher Froome takes the commanding odds among others. Cloudbet has him at 1.800 while Bet365 gives him 1.75. Following him is Richie Porte who is at 4.400 at Cloudbet and 4.50 at Bet365.

There is no doubt that bookies are giving Froome top odds for this season. Froome won three General Classifications in 2013, 2015, and 2016. The General Classification is the most important classification since this indicates who will win the Tour De France. The leader of this classification wears the yellow jersey.

Richie Porte, on the other hand, is the second racer to beat for the Tour De France. Porte is a former member of Team Sky, which is Froome’s team. Porte was a key racer in helping the leader of the team to win the race. He gave a good amount of support for Wiggins to take the Tour de Romandie, Tour de France, and Cirterium du Dauphne. Today, Porte is flying under BMC Racing Team banner.

Second Stage summary

Marcel Kittel, the German cyclist, made a mad sprint to the finish on Sunday. This was his 10th stage win in his career. It is worth noting that the roads were incredibly slippery. No teams are going to attempt to be in control of the road due to the condition. Kittel had no assistance from his team as he was gunning down the last 500 metres.

Kittel said:

“Every sprinter was on his own today. Our lead-out was not perfect, but others were non‑existent…I’m super happy, super proud. It was a very special win for me.”

Following Kittel was Mark Cavendish who finished fourth. Cavendish said he does not have what it takes to match up with Kittel. Instead of dashing pass Kittel, Cavendish decided to slip steam.

The unfortunate spotlight of the event was the pile-up about 22 kilometers away from the finish. This was due to the six riders in front who lost their grip. The pile-up affected 25 riders in total and among them were five of Froome’s Team Sky members. This includes Froome himself, Luke, Rowe, Knees, Kwiatkowski, and Thomas.

After the incident, Froome needed to change his bike and suffered a nasty scrape that tore his skin. Geraint Thomas went ahead to finish the race while holding on to the yellow jersey. Thomas ended the race about six seconds ahead of Kittel. Froome was 12 seconds behind and ended in 6th place. Meanwhile, Froome said that he is okay and is fit to compete in the third stage.