The Tour de France heads into the Alps on stage 10 and with the big teams all likely to watch each other like hawks, this could be the day for a late show.
Nibali to win @ 17/1
After a testing week traversing the Vendee, Brittany and the Ardennes, the race really begins on this first day in the mountains, which culminates in a descent of the Col de la Colombiere to Le Grand-Bornand.
Expect the favourites to watch each other all the way up the final climb and the fact it is a downhill finish means there could be some stinging attacks late on the ascent before a mad dash on the other side.
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde seems to be where the money is going but Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali has always been a great descender and seems to go under the radar – despite being just one of seven men to win all three Grand Tours.
Although Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas should end the day in yellow, the Italian, who has ridden with great purpose to date, is sure to be in the reckoning.
Muller to win 2-0 @ 8/5
Elsewhere, in tennis, 2016 beaten finalist Gilles Muller can make a winning start in Newport against Marcos Baghdatis.
A second-round Wimbledon exit to Philipp Kohlschreiber was a shock but there were extenuating circumstances, with all three sets being won via tie-break.
He now heads to the USA and faces Baghdatis, a player who beat Dominic Thiem at SW19 but who still has lingering doubts over his consistency.
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