One of the most anticipated cycling races is now upon us and being just a couple of weeks away, we can’t help but to speculate who will be forging his way to success in Stage 2 of the race. To say the least, this stage is going to be extremely exciting as many strategies can be executed by teams.
Before we even get into the details of who we think will triumph in Stage 2 of the Tour de France, it is crucial for us to understand beforehand what all the cyclists are up against in Stage 2.
Covering a distance of 182.5 kilometers, this stage starts in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain and ends in La Rouche-sur-Yon.
There will be 13 checkpoints in Stage 2 of the Tour de France race and we estimate the leader will be able to complete this stage in a mere four and a half hours.
Stage 2 Tour de France – Characteristics
This is where things get interesting – the terrain of the Stage 2 race is not as flat as Stage 1 and features a few significant climbs along the course. That’s just not it, on top of the challenging climbs, this stage also sports many sprinting opportunities for cyclists.
The only factor that is in favor of the cyclists is the fact that the distance of Stage 2 is slightly shorter than the others.
In our opinion, given the route characteristics and the different data points that we have, we strongly believe that this stage will favour fast riders. Read on to find out our predictions for Stage 2 of the Tour de France race!
Tour de France Stage 2 Winner Predictions
Without doubt, Marcel Kittel is one of the fastest cyclists in the world at the moment. Specializing in bunch sprints, the Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2018 seems exactly like the type of stage that Marcel is used to winning.
As UEC European Road defending champion, Alexander Kristoff has proven to be capable of doing the impossible at the most difficult of times. As a sprinter and a classics specialist, we think that Alexander Kristoff is in a very good position of taking this Stage home.
Arnaud Demare is a name that even the best of sprinters should be vary of. Not only has he proved himself to be one of the top contenders in the Tour de France 2017, he has gone on to win several stages in the same race.
It is not difficult to see how Peter Sagan earned the titles “Peter the Great” and “Tourminator” from fans and other cyclists. In his career Peter Sagan has won over 10 stages in the ‘Grand Tours’ on top of countless of other races.
Primarily known as a sprinter, we believe Dylan Groenewegen stands a good chance in winning stage 2 in the Tour de France 2018. The reason? Simple – he has won stages with similar characteristics earlier this year in the Dubai Tour and also the Tour of Slovenia.