Within the twenty-three days of Tour de France, the riders have to endure twenty-one stages of the race with each stage designed to test different cycling skills and abilities.
In general, there are three different types of stage in the Tour de France race; flat, hilly or mountains. However, there are also some stages which appear to be a mix of all these different categories. These are, therefore, some of the most important and exciting stages.
Stage 13 is one of these mixed stages. Whilst it’s mainly being considered to be flat stage, there are several uphill stretches too. This means that although Stage 13 is expected to be won by a sprinter, we shouldn’t rule out the chance of a breakaway at this point in the race.
In today’s guide we’ll be looking at Stage 13 of the Tour de France in more detail, including
- Which riders and teams are expected to win Stage 13 of the Tour de France
- The odds on these riders
- When and where the stage will take place
- Points of interest within the Stage 13 route
- When and where the riders will be challenged
Who is Likely to Win Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018?
As we’ve just mentioned, Stage 13 is a transition stage and it’s basically anyone’s for the taking. That being said, the flat stretches lend themselves to the sprinters of the race, and this is where we’ll start our predictions.
Below we have listed all the riders who are considered to be favourites to win Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018. We’ve listed them from most likely to win to least likely to win.
Most Likely to Win Stage 13:
- Michael Matthews
- Marcel Kittel
- Dylan Groenewegen
- Fernando Gaviria
Quite Likely to Win Stage 13:
- Lilian Calmejane
- Thomas De Gendt
- Jasper Stuyven
- Tomasz Marczynski
Somewhat Likely to Win Stage 13:
- Peter Sagan
- Arnaud Démare
- Stefan Küng
- Greg Van Avermaet
- Sonny Colbrelli
Tour de France Stage 13 Odds
As you can see from the list of favourites, although there are arguably many great sprinters in this year’s race, Michael Matthews is actually the favourite to win this stage. This may come as a surprise as he isn’t actually a favourite for the Points Classification title overall.
There aren’t currently many bookmakers offering specific odds on Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018. As the stage draws closer we can expect a lot more.
Yet, for now we can take an overview of the top three favourites to win this stage, and their odds in different betting markets. This will give us an idea of whether or not backing them would be valuable in this stage.
Below we have looked at some of the most popular odds on the top 3 favourites to win this stage of the race:
- Michael Matthews
Odds on Michael Matthews being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 12/1
Odds on Michael Matthews winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 1/1
- Marcel Kittel
Odds on Marcel Kittel being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 12/1
Odds on Marcel Kittel winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 17/20
- Dylan Groenewegen
Odds on Dylan Groenewegen being the Points Classification winner of the Tour de France 2018: 7/1
Odds on Dylan Groenewegen winning any stage of the Tour de France 2018: 1/4
Tour de France 2018 Stage 13 Time Schedule
Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 will be held on Friday the 20th of July and the stage will begin in Le Bourg-d'Oisans. This is a small town in the Isère department of south-eastern France. This will be the start of day 14 for the riders, who will have enjoyed a rest day on the Monday of the same week.
The stage will start at approximately 12:45 (GMT) and it is expected to finish around 16:30. This means that the riders have just short of four hours to complete the route.
Tour de France 2018 Stage 13 Route
As we’ve just said, Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 will set off in Le Bourg-d’Oisans and it will finish in Valence. The route at this stage has a distance of 169.5 km, making it one of the shortest flat stages of the entire race.
Although Stage 13 is labelled as a flat stage, the fact that the route traverses the Alps means that there are sections of climbs and drops. Below we’ve highlighted some of the parts of the route which could be crucial for the riders if they’re aiming to win this stage.
The Main Route Points of Interest
- Côte de Brié
Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 will open on the flat, and then the riders will be able to enjoy a descent until around kilometre 29. It is here where the riders will start their climb of the Côte de Brié. The crest of the climb will fall at around kilometre 32.5, and here the riders will have to push themselves to make the 2.4 km journey to the peak, at around a 6.9% incline.
- Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans
At around kilometre 109, the riders will approach their second significant climb of the route. At the Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans, they will have a climb of 1.5 km at a 4.9% incline, with the added challenge of navigating uneven terrain.
- Entering Valence
There will be two more hills before the end of Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018; one at kilometre 143 and one at kilometre 155. After having conquered these, it will be on to the final stretch in Valence. Here the riders will enjoy wide boulevards, perfect for sprinting, however there is also a small incline of £5 for about 500 metres before they cross the line.