- The 100th Tour de France
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It’s time.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Winner? The best overall rider with a decent team and work ethic.
The also rans? Those making suicidal attacks in the mountains because they haven’t done the work to get a lead before they get there.
As long as its not a sky fest like last year I don’t care who wins. I just love the spectacle
That may require a few other teams to step up a bit, nobody else seemed to have the organisation or the point man to get up there.Posted 4 years agoBristolPabloMember
It should be Contador vs Froome but there are so many other good riders who will make it a very entertaining tour without really having a chance of ousting those two.
Thibault Pinot is in cracking form so he’ll be one to watch on the mountains, being French and all that 100th edition thing he will be chased by Voeckler who will also want the mountain stages, especially the Bastille Day summit finish on Ventoux!, Jeremy Roy, Monfort, Ciolek appears to be riding well too, Van Garderen will probably lead BMC when Evans burns out at the start of the 3rd week and could be a top 5 finisher, Roche should finish in the top 15.
Throw in the likes of Sagan, Mollema, Fugslang (who was very impressive in the Dauphine), Dan Martin, Millar, Hushovd et al and its going to be fireworks right from the off with loads of possible stage winners.
Personally I’m glad Wiggo isnt riding, Froome should win it, Porte and Uran have been awesome this year and I think Sky have a stronger team than Saxo Bank so Contador will be reliant on Rogers and Sosrenson who just arent as strong. When it comes to one to one on the summit finishes, Froome can take Contador with those final km attacks.Posted 4 years agocorrodedMember
I’m firmly in the Anyone But Contador camp. Not overly fussed about GC – Froomey doesn’t fill me with enthusiasm. Three things I’d love to see:Posted 4 years ago
Cavendish in green
Millar win a solo breakaway, perhaps in atrocious weather somewhere hilly
Richie Porte establish himself as a team leader for 2014, probably at another teamLMTMember
Its on ITV4 again, they have the rights for next few years.
Rapha hve produced some 100th tdf tops, not a fan of the jersey but i have ordered one of the t-shirts.Posted 4 years ago
UCI World ranking (16th June):
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swiss./RadioShack) 351
2. Peter SAGAN (SLOVAKIA/Cannondale) 329
3. Vincenzo Nibali (/Astana) 322
4. Chris Froome (Brit./Sky) 311
5. Richie Porte (Austrian./Sky) 305
6. Daniel Martin (./Garmin) 266
7. Carlos Betancur (al./AG2R) 255
8. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spanish/Katyusha) 247
9. Michele Scarponi (/Lampre) 215
10. Rui Costa (Portug./Movistar) 199
Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Much more interested in the Green jersey.
IMO this is the harder win as the sprinters have a nightmare getting over the mountains and have to really compete the flat stages whereas the GC contenders have it relatively easy on the flat stages – they don’t need to push and can just be sheltered by their teams and find the climbing much easier (even if they push harder I still reckon they don’t suffer in the mountains like the sprinters do).
Plus, the sprinters are clearly mad…
Danny BPosted 4 years agoheadfirstMember
IMO this is the harder win as the sprinters have a nightmare getting over the mountains and have to really compete the flat stages
Hmmmm – I don’t agree with you danny – the sprinters get over the mountains in the ‘bus’/grupetto and the likes of Cav will have a rider dedicated to helping him through (it used to be Eisel, not sure who it is now at OPQS). If they don’t make it in the time limit the organisers usually ignore that rule! And they are protected on the flat stages and pulled to within less than 500 metres of the line before they do their ‘thing’. It is a mighty impressive and spectacular thing that they do, but I still think GC is where it’s at.Posted 4 years agoDaRC_LSubscriber
swavis + 1 I’ve never been a major fan of sprinting before this year but the battle for Green looks more interesting than either the Yellow or Polka Dot.
I’d prefer a proper battle for the Polka Dot in the mountains.Posted 4 years ago
I also hope for a good showing (and preferably a win) from EvansatlazMember
I think the whole spectacle should be interesting. Sagan is a genuine contender for the green jersey so it won’t just be Cav’s to lose. I think the big mountain battle between Froome and Contador as well as “wildcards” like Betancur will be fascinating. RSNT have confirmed Andy Schleck on the team so if he’s on form, he should also be interesting to throw into the mix in the big mountains with the Europcar duo of Rolland and Voeckler.
I still think Froome will probably win given the form of Sky this season and the fact that Saxo-Tinkoff have less support to give to Contador.Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Despite him being the Steve ‘interesting’ Davis of cycling I am fully behind Froome for the win. unless Richie Porte gets a sniff at which point my allegiance will shift rapidly.
Most interesting battle looks like Cavendish and Sagan for the green jersey. I expect Cav will have to win at every opportunity that he gets as I can see Sagan not winning many stages but potentially picking up points on all but the mountain top finishes.
Would it be greedy to expect Cav to win yet again in paris?Posted 4 years ago
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