Le Tour de France est ici mes amis. I shall try, and probably fail to give you my thoughts on it’s progress over the next three weeks. But to start with my predictions:
Yellow – Chris Froome (Sky).
Like Bradley Wiggins last year he has been the dominant stage racer this year. He has the same organisation behind him and the races best super-domestique / back-up plan in Richie Porte. In order to be a serious challenger Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff will have to up his game considerably from where he was at the Dauphiné three weeks ago. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp and Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team could be possible contenders but it is difficult to know exactly where they are at. Hesjedal abandoned the Giro with a chest infection then crashed out of the Tour de Suisse, Evans hasn’t raced since the Giro where he finished third.
I’m not doing particularly well am I? the race has been on for three days and I still haven’t finished my predictions.
OK let’s do it:
Green: Peter Sagan – Mark Cavendish might be faster in a sprint, but Sagan can pick up points on any stage bar the high mountains
Polka Dots (Mountains) Pierre Rolland – mainly because he seems to be hoovering up points where ever he can at the moment and can collect points on the 1st and HC climbs as well. I just hope that someone has a word with him about the polka-dot shorts, or better still the ASO bring in a rule banning matching shorts.
White: Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp – because I think that he is the best of the riders eligible. At the Criterium du Dauphine last month,, he got sick on the first stage, rode through it and recovered and matched Chris Froome on the final climb.