In our previous blog we looked at the main contenders for the Yellow and Green jerseys. Here we take a look at those who will be fighting for the King of the Mountains title and also some other notable riders who will be taking part in the 2013 Tour de France.
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King of the Mountains
Like the green jersey the polka dot jersey is points based, however the points are picked up usually at the top of the mountains, so this is one for the consistent climbers.
Last years winner will want surely want to win this again, although he may find it tougher as there are some hard mountain stages this year. Like last year he will aim to get in a few breakaways and may win a stage.
Columbian Quintana is a young rider who is an excellent climber. This is his Tour debut and he will be aiming for the polka dot and white jerseys which would be an amazing performance during his first Tour de France.
Irishman Martin is a climbing specialist, he won Liege-Bastogne-Liege this year and supported his leader Ryder Hesjedal in this years Tour de Suisse.
World Champion Gilbert will be showing off his rainbow jersey throughout the tour, Although his main role will be to support Evans and Van Garderan he will be aiming for a stage win.
His main role will be to support Chris Froome but if anything happens to Froome then Australian Porte will be the next man Team Sky will turn to. He is a brilliant all-round rider and a great asset for the team, he could also be a King of the Mountains contender.
The French love a winner and Pinot is probably their best current rider in the peloton. He is still young and one to watch in the mountains.
The German with strong legs is Cav’s main contender for the flat out sprints. There will be some good competition between the two of them as they fight it out for the stage wins.
A previous Vuelta winner Valverde has plenty of Grand Tour experience. He has shown some form early in the season and will be aiming for a podium finish, although top 10 may be more realistic.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck
A great all-rounder Van Den Broeck is always a top 10 finisher and one to watch for a stage win, he will of course want a podium finish.
Tejay Van Garderen
As mentioned in our previous blog the BMC rider will want to be the leader and not second to Evans. Last years winner of the white jersey for best young rider, he is a man of the future. This year he has already won the Tour of California and his future looks very bright.
Have Your Say!
We can’t wait for the Tour de France to start on Saturday can you? We would love to hear your comments on our King of the Mountains contenders and our other key riders, is there anyone else you would have included? Leave your comments below.