As the Tour de France 2015 grinds on we find there are some 6 tough stages that are left in this year’s tour. The rest of the stages are also the most exciting sectors of this Tour de France. There are some tough climbs and descent sections that await the participants.
To this point in this Tour, the 2013 Champion C. Froome is leading the riders, as N. Quintana and T. V. Garderen may very easily take the lead if Froome makes one mistake in the remaining stages. Now we ask can Froome continue to lead with tour moving on to the treacherous French Alps. Continue reading for more updated information if you Bet on Sports at SBG Global or other similar betting sites.
The 17th Stage is telecast on the NBC Sports Network and takes place at 8 on the 22nd of July 2015 at the location of this stage is at Digne-les-Bains-Pra Loup. Sports fans and cycling enthusiasts from around the planed can watch the last 5 stages of this Tour early every morning, in the next 5 days from the 22nd of July through the 26th of July 2015.
The 17th Stage (161 Km) will be telecast starting at 8 AM ET on the 22nd of July, then the 18th Stage (186.5 Km) will be live on the 23rd at 8 AM ET with the 19th (138 Km) and 20th stages at 7 AM ET and also on the respective 24th and 25th of July, then the last stage will be at 3 AM ET live on NBC in Paris on the 26th of July 2015.
On Wednesday the 17th Stage begins outside the center of the town of Les Dieyes and includes several climbs with the highest altitude reached is 7,375 feet. The real test in this stage is the descent from Col d’Allos that is just prior to the finish.
Also the 18th Stage is a mountain race that begins at the Gap and finishes at Saint-Jean and has a distance of 186.5 kilometers (116 miles) and includes some steep routes that surely will be a challenge. Also included is a sprint at Riouperoux that comes just before the steepest climb of some 21.7 kilometers (21.8 miles) a Hors category climb of Col du G in this stage 18 on the 23rd of July.
At Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is where the Stage 19 starts and also includes come steeps as well as sprints as they head north. It travels to the south and come close to bringing the riders back to the start, then begins the last climb of 18.5 Km going westward to the finish at La Toussuire on the 24th of July.
The Yellow shirt favorites consist of 2 regulars and 2 sleepers beginning with C. Froome of the Team Sky who is a yellow holder and leading in the Tour. In the 16th Stage all tried to blast out in the final minutes to cut Froome’s dominate lead in the Tour.
The ones that surged were the defending champ V. Nibali, A. Contador and A. Valverde, but Froome still finishes without losing time to those rivals with the exception who moved up to just 7 minutes and 45 seconds behind Froome.
The other regular is N. Quintana of Team Movistar who could be the rider to win as we enter the late Stages of the Tour. Entering the Alps which is the Columbian rider’s favorite and probably is the best bike climber on the Tour. He at present is 2nd in the Jersey standing behind Froome by just 3 minutes and 11 seconds. If he makes a few attempts and attacks in this stage 17 he likely will halt Froome’s lead in the overall standings.
The 1st sleeper in the Tour is A. Contador whom attempted to gain on Froome in 16th Stage, but Froome did not allow that to happen. He is presently ranked 5th in yellow standings as he trails the leader by just 4 minutes and 22 seconds.
The other sleeper is T. Van Garderen an American rider who is making cycling popular in the USA and is a very consistent rider in this tour. He stays in the group and has a good team that supports him. Presently, third in yellow ranking and he’s behind by just 3 minutes and 30 seconds. If he makes a continue effort and attacks in these final stages he should be in good position when the tour makes Paris.
The media writer predict that after this stage 17 the top 3 spots will remain with Froome at No.1, N. Quintana at No. 2 and the 3rd spot held by the American T. Van Garderen.