With the world’s biggest cycle race almost upon us, let’s take a look at who could be in contention for the famous yellow jersey.
He’s been a little bit off the pace in the last couple of years but this time out he’s been smashing pretty much everything he’s entered. 1st in the Tour of the Basque Country, 1st in the Tirreno–Adriatico and 2nd in the Critérium du Dauphiné to name a few, this year he really could be back on top.
Chris Froomes main rival will stop at nothing to reclaim his title and current form and UCI ranking suggests Froome should be worried.
Still one of the best riders in the peloton you cannot right off this powerhouse of a rider. However Team Sky do need to be firing on all cylinders in this race and current form suggests they’re not as good as last year.
A good rider needs a good team and many would suggest that Bradley Wiggin’s exclusion is nothing short of ridiculous. No doubt he’ll make the top ten but will he manage the top 3, let’s see.
Nibali is gagging for win at the Tour and you can guarantee he’ll have his foot on the gas from the very start. He managed a favourable win at the Italian national championships last Saturday, proving that his form, came 5th in the Romandie and 7th at the Dauphine. Impressive stats that will surely keep Froome and Contador on their toes.
A seasoned Pro at this event Alejandro Valverde is always in the mix and this year he’ll be wanting to make a name after last year’s result of 8th. No Quintana means he’ll be the out and out team leader, at 34 he’s not got too many chances at this left so watch out for him in the mountains.
Team Garmin-Sharp often prefer to concentrate on one day victories, seizing on chance opportunities. Andrew though romped home with an emphatic win at Dauphiné, which he gained from a last day attack and with that in mind Yellow could be on their minds.
These are our top five picks but also look out for Rui Costa, Bauke Mollema, Tejay van Garderen, Michal Kwiatkowski and Joaquim Rodriguez who could also be in the mix.
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