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Tour de France sprinters who can win on the Champs-Elysees

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Winning on the Champs-Elysees is one result every sprinter wants but which riders are likely to be able to go down in history?

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1. Marcel Kittel

In my eyes Kittel is the favourite to win stage 21 and after winning on the Champs-Elysees last year, beating the likes of Mark Cavendish, I think he could do it again this year.

His explosive pace can not be matched by any of the other sprinters and providing he is put in a good position by his team it will be hard for anyone to beat him. The German has already won three stages at the 2014 Tour de France and stage 21 could be his fourth.

Kittel hasn't been involved in a sprint for a while now due to the high mountain stages and I think he will go into Sunday's stage with fresh legs.

2. Peter Sagan

Sagan has already wrapped up the green jersey points competition for yet another year but he will be desperate to win on the Champs-Elysees and sprinters are usually judged on big finishes like the one in Paris.

Sagan is certainly the most consistent sprinter but whether or not his has what it takes to win in Paris I don't know. He is extremely quick and he has a great team behind him but he lacks the fire power that riders such as Kittel have.

However if Sagan is put in a good position by his team he has got more than a good chance of winning the sprint.

He is yet to win a stage at the 2014 Tour and winning in Paris would be a good way to show why he wears the green jersey.

3. Andre Greipel

The German has vast experience on his side and definitely has the legs to beat his opponents, including fellow countryman Kittel.

Greipel has won stage win to his name so far and I could see him making it two on Sunday.

The Lotto-Belisol rider is always at the front of sprints and with his power he can match anyone in a sprint finish. I think Kittel has the edge on him but anything can happen when they hit the cobbles in Paris so don't be surprised if Greipel is celebrating at the end.

4. Alexander Kristoff

Winner of two stages so far Kristoff will also be a threat and I think if anyone is going to get close to Kittel it will be him.

They are both extremely quick and strong and once they get going they will be hard to stop.

Kristoff will push Kittel all the way to the line and it will be interesting to see if the Norwegian can win his third stage.

5. Mark Renshaw

For me Renshaw has what it takes to win in Paris but he is the outsider. Cavendish would have been the main sprinter for Omega Pharma-Quickstep but in his absence Renshaw could shock everyone.

Renshaw is a quality sprinter but he isn't quite on the same level as the others. However if Omega Pharma can sort out their lead out train he will be in with a shot. Renshaw's team have one of the best lead out trains and if they can sling shot him as close to the line as possible he could easily win.

Prediction

1st: Marcel Kittel

2nd: Alexander Kristoff

3rd: Andre Greipel

4th: Peter Sagan

5th: Mark Renshaw

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