As you may already be aware, the Tour de France 2018 begins in just over a week’s time, when the world’s best cyclists will travel to Noirmoutier to begin the twenty-three day race.
On race day 14, Stage 13 of the race will begin. This section of the race starts in Le Bourg-d’Oisans, finishes in Valence and is currently being considered as a ‘transition stage’.
A transition stage essentially means that it is a mix of all the categories (flat, hilly and mountains), and so although most of the route is flat, there are various different challenges for different types of riders.
In today’s article, we will be discussing which of the Tour de France 2018 riders are likely to win Stage 13. We’ll look at why they’re considered favourites to win, how they’ve performed recently, and whether or not these factors will affect their odds on receiving a jersey for the day.
Tour de France 2018 Stage 13: Overview
As we’ve just noted, Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 is being dubbed a transition stage. This means the route isn’t without its obstacles and could be one of the most exciting stages of the race. In the table below, we’ve compiled all the need-to-know information about the stage.
|Tour de France Stage 13|
|Start Date and Time||20/6/2018 at 12:45 (GMT)|
|Expected Length of Stage (Time)||3hr 45m|
|Distance of Stage||169.5 km|
|Location||Le Bourg-d’Oisans to Valence|
Tour de France 2018 Stage 13: Winner Predictions
Although Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 has a mix of different terrains and inclines, the majority of the route is considered to be flat.
This means that it is expected to be won by a rider who is skilled at sprinting, although they must also be a good all-rounder to make sure they do not lose any time in the more hilly stages of the route too.
When predicting who may win Stage 13, we must also take into consideration the fact that the riders will have been racing for fourteen days by this point.
This means that energy may be at a low, and there’s good reason to believe that those who have been leading so far may falter. It wouldn’t be unlikely to see a breakaway at this stage of the race, which makes trying to decide who to back even more complicated.
Who Are the Favourites to Win Stage 13 and Why?
Although the winner of Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2018 is seemingly difficult to predict at the moment, there are currently four riders who stand out from the crowd; Marcel Kittel, Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Michael Matthews.
Below we’ve looked at all four riders’ recent records and how these may impact their chances of winning Stage 13 of this year’s Tour de France.
- Marcel Kittel – Katusha–Alpecin
Marcel Kittel has a good recent record in the Tour de France, having won five different stages of the race in 2017. That being said, Kittel’s 2018 win tally may leave some people questioning if he can repeat the same success this year.In 2017 Kittel began the Tour de France having already racked up nine victories in previous races, yet this year he heads into the race with just two wins at the Tirreno Adriatico to his name. This could mean that Kittel may not be the best rider to back to win this stage.
- Fernando Gaviria – Quick-Step Floors
Fernando Gaviria is one of the most competent sprinters to be racing in this year’s Tour and therefore it’s no surprise he’s one of the current favourites to win Stage 13.In 2018 he has already racked up two major points classification wins (one at the Tour de California and one at the Colombia Oro y Paz), and he also took home the green jersey at the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
- Dylan Groenewegen – LottoNL-Jumbo
Dylan Groenewegen hasn’t the same record as the other favourites to win Stage 13, yet he does have youth on his side. Groenewegen is only 24 which means he doesn’t have the same experience as other riders.That being said, he has racked up some impressive wins since he joined the LottoNL-Jumbo team, including three stage wins at the Tour of Norway earlier this year, and a sprint stage win at the Tour de France 2017.
- Michael Matthews – Team Sunweb
Michael Matthews is the current defending points classification champion of the Tour de France, having won the green jersey overall in 2017. This automatically makes him a favourite for Stage 13 of the 2018 race, yet his recent record isn’t so promising.Matthews had decided to focus on the Spring Classics ahead of the Tour de France 2018, yet in the series of one-day races he only managed one victory. This may lead some pundits to believe he isn’t racing at his best at the moment.