The Final Countdown
With the final hours to the 100th Tour de France imminent we thought we would take a look at who the main contenders will be this year! On Saturday the race departs from Corsica and with last years winner Bradley Wiggins not taking part the favourite is his Team Sky team mate Chris Froome.
Before you read our opinions see what the riders themselves said at the launch of the Tour Route:
The Yellow Jersey
The overall winner of the Tour de France wears the Maillot Jaune. We look at the main contenders before the race starts. Once they set off anything can happen and there is not only skill but some luck needed for each rider to avoid crashes and punctures which can ultimately determine any riders fate.
Last years wingman to Wiggo, although at times it wasn’t clear who was the strongest in Team Sky. Froome has show incredible strength in previous Vuelta’s and he won this years Tour of Oman, the Criterium International and the Tour de Romandie so he is certainly in great form this year. This is only his fourth Tour so he still hasn’t experienced everything about it so if the other teams gang up against and attack him he could find himself issolated. We will be routing for him, it would be fantastic to see another Brit at the top of the podium this year and the more mountainous course will certainly suite him more than it would Wiggo.
As a previous winner of the Tour de France, Evans has the experience of challenging for major tour honours. He certainly can’t be written off after finishing third in this years Giro d’Italia, however it depends how well he has been able to recover. His team mate Tejay van Garderen will also provide competition to be BMC’S team leader.
Another previous winner of the Tour, although he was stripped of his title due to doping offences. Still looking for redemption he has great all round talent, he is a strong climber and he can time trial.
After 2 great performances in both last years Giro and Vuelta where he was on the podium Rodriguez will be aiming for a podium finish in the tour. He is a strong climber and he could also be a contender for the Polka Dot jersey. It could be his time trialling that lets him down overall.
Winner of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, he has proved he can win a Grand Tour. This years defence didn’t go to plan and he withdrew due to illness. He is a great all rounder and Canada’s hope of a Tour de France winner.
The Green Jersey
The sprinters jersey as it is often known is an all round jersey, riders collect points for wins but also out on the course so on these days they need to be near the front to claim their points.
The Manx Missile surely has to be the main man for this years sprint jersey. After winning last weeks National Championship it will be great to see the British jersey (when he is not wearing green or yellow) amongst the peloton. The hills may be his nemesis but his team will undoubtedly get him over for another win on the Champs Elysees.
Last years winner of the green jersey Sagan will want to defend it this time round. He brings some fun to the peloton and he has already shown he is great rider.
Read our next blog on our predictions for the King of the Mountains jersey and some other key riders who will be in the Tour de France.
What’s Your View?
Let us know in the comments below who you think will winner the Yellow and/or Green jerseys. Do you agree with our contenders or have we missed someone who you predict will win?