With Mark Cavendish crashing out of this year’s Tour de France Marcel Kittel is the fastest man in the peloton and he has taken full advantage by winning three of the five stages to have taken place so far.
The Giant-Shimano rider announced himself to the British public with wins on Stage 1 in Harrogate and on Stage 3 with Buckingham Palace in the background, before dominating once again on day one in France.
After the chaos on the cobbles Stage 6 represents another excellent chance for the German rider to take his tally to eight Tour wins in his career and the fourth of this year’s race.
The 194km from Arras to Reims looks a nailed on sprint stage with two small categorised climbs not enough to deter the sprinters’ teams from contesting a scramble to the finish.
With the course and Kittel’s dominant performances so far in this year’s race, the 26-year-old is understandably the 4/7 favourite with Ladbrokes and will take all the beating.
Watch Kittel beat Cavendish on the final stage of last year’s Tour de France:
Alexander Kristoff was the man who finished just behind Kittel in Lille and his Katusha team-mates will be desperate to help the Norwegian pick up his first ever Tour de France stage win.
The 27-year-old, who caused controversy this week by claiming Cavendish crashed on purpose on Stage 1, is 12/1 to cross the line first in Reims.
One person who will not be happy seeing Kittel’s success will be his fellow countryman Andre Greipel.
The Lotto-Belisol sprinter and German champion has one of the best lead out train’s at the Tour but has failed to feature in the sprint finishes so far and will be desperate to put that right inStage 6.
A winner of five Tour de France stages during his career, the 31-year-old is 7/1 for the win but it’s difficult to see how he can stop his German rival.
Others to look out for as the fast men contest another sprint shoot-out are Green jersey holder Peter Sagan (10/1), Omega Pharma – Quick-Step star Mark Renshaw (16/1), French champion Arnaud Demare (8/1) and Team Europcar youngster Bryan Coquard (20/1).
But it will take something extremely special to stop man of the moment Kittel taking his fourth stage win on the streets of Reims.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.