If you are a die-hard fan of Tour de France, knowing the different stages in the race is crucial. In this series of articles, we will be covering the different stages of the Tour de France and Stage 2 in specific in this article.
We will go through all of the stage details and even include betting options and win odds for some of the favourite cyclists to win this stage.
Tour de France Stage 2: Odds and Betting Information
From a quick glance, Stage 2 of the Tour de France seems to be a stage that highly favours sprinters.
However, upon taking a closer look, climbing abilities are also as important to be successful in Stage 2. Inclines up to 4% can be found in this stage, and to make things worse, some last for up to 4 kilometers at a time.
Nevertheless, given the characteristics of this Stage and its challenges, the following are the names of the cyclists (and their betting odds) whom we think have the best odds of winning Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2018.
Known as one of the best sprinters in the world, Fernando Gaviria is our favourite cyclist to win Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Known for his stellar sprinting abilities, we think that Gaviria stands a high chance in winning this stage.
Teams to look out for in Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de France race is no other than Team Sky, BMC Racing Team and Movistar Team.
Their vast experience combined with their ability to execute strategies flawlessly may prove to be priceless especially in tricky stages such as in Stage 2.
Strategic Information of Stage 2
Sporting a distance of 182.5 kilometers, the Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2018 starts in a village in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain.
From here, the race will head across somewhat standard terrain aside from a massive 1,000 meter climb at Côte de Pouzauges. For those wondering, this ascend will be at 3.9%, making it one of the most challenging climbs in the Tour de France itself.
The part that makes stage 2 of the Tour de France extremely exciting for fans to follow is the fact that the Stage 2 offers cyclists many sprint opportunities. The most probable place sprint are going to take place is in La Rouche-sur-Yon.
If you are planning to catch the race on TV, the race starts at 1320 hours local time, so make sure to tune in on time!
Predicted Times For Stage 2 of Tour de France 2018
In total there are 14 checkpoints in Stage 2 of the Tour de France race including the starting and the finishing points. The race is expected to last approximately five hours with the race leader crossing the finish line in 4 hours and 36 minutes.
The following are the local times for which the cyclists are expected to cross each checkpoint:
Start: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – 13:20
Point 1: La Chataigneraie – 13:26
Point 2: Cote de Pouzauges – 13:59
Point 3: Saint-Michel Mont-Mercure – 14:09
Point 4: Les Herbiers – 14:22
Point 5: Tiffauges – 14:50
Point 6: Montaigu – 15:14
Point 7: Les Lucs-Suer-Boulogne – 15:47
Point 8: Aizenay – 16:12
Point 9: Beaulieu-Sous-La-Roche – 16:25
Point 10: Nesmy – 17:01
Point 11: Saint Florent-Ses-Bois – 17:15
Finish: La Roche-Sur-Yon – 17:36
*Time are estimated based on an average speed of 43km/h
Without saying, the times above are that of the estimated times for the race leader to cross each of the specified checkpoints.
Being estimates, we don’t expect the times to be accurate to the second. Nevertheless, given past experiences and enough data points from previous races, we did say that there will only be a small margin of error (if there is one).
What To Look Out For In Stage 2
When the going gets though, the tough gets going – this pretty much sums up Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2018. Throughout this stage, cyclists will experience slight ascends and especially so in the last 5 to 6 kilometers of the stage.
Endurance of cyclists will be properly tested as the rate of ascend towards the end of the stage picks up pretty drastically as well. From a mere 2% incline, the path rises all the way to a challenging 4% for a couple hundred of meters. We can’t wait to see how riders will fair in these climbs.