Things died down for me after Tour de France. Too much I think as I simply forgot to follow the Polish Tour! I have my excuses though as I went on a much needed vacation, but now it is time to go again. The French race provided us with a decent bankroll boost. Not as great as I had hoped, but we did win some decent money in the end.
Now we turn our heads to Tour de Pologne and the “short” race that is to be concluded before another big one comes up with the Vuelta in Spain. The big cannons are not participating in this one, but that does not mean it won’t feature any exciting riding. Today for example we saw a power display by Petr Vakoc from Omega Pharma Quickstep. He pulled ahead in the break and then just went solo for the last 25km. I do not think anyone in the Peloton thought he would be able to go all the way alone, but he took charge and pushed out all the energy he had. He now sits with a comfortable lead in the GC, but probably not for long.
Kielce to Rzeszów – Stage 3 Preview
Another flat, and even shorter stage than the one that they rode yesterday. It has some more bumps, but it should not tear on the energy too much unless the peloton decides to ride really fast in order to get something going or catch up to a possible break. A break is off course highly likely here and we will see them take no chances like happened today and actually ride them in for a change.
It is gonna be interesting if the peloton arrives first here as the end has some really sharp bends and turns. Positioning up to the final 300m straight file is going to be very important in order to stand a chance in the sprint.
We have not found many bets that we like on this stage unfortunately. The favorites to takes this stage are resilient sprinters like Matthews, Mecgez and Hutarovich. You could maybe place a small bet on one of the outsiders like Theo Bos or Sacha Modolo to get a good position and take it all the way at Bet365, but we will not make those official plays.
One bet that has stuck out to us is a match-up between two of the top sprinters here in Matthews and Hutarovich. While Hutarovich has already won one stage, the reason that Matthews couldn’t stand up to him were because he got caught up in all the problems with the weather and the crashes. He is fine but have just been unlucky. (Edit: And I were aware that Matthews took second on the 2nd stage, but were not aware of this happening. Sucks for him, but hilarious to watch.) Because of this he might be looking to get his revenge and finally show some results. He is quite a bit better than Hutarovich in our opinion and we will place a bet on him at William Hill.
Match-up: Michael Matthews to beat Yauheni Hutarovich, 1.67 @ William Hill