Tour De France 2013; What contenders are likely to be there

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Tour De France 2013; What contenders are likely to be there

Post by CJB on Sat 08 Sep 2012, 7:22 pm

Being the 100th Tour de France ever it is surely going to be something that plenty of riders are after. Without knowing much about the route who do you think most teams will choose to ride, we will see Nibali? Valverde?

Will we see the likes of

Evans
Wiggins
Froome
Contador
Rodriguez
Nibali
Valverde
van Der Broeck
Hesjedal
etc?

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Post by LastDamnation on Sun 09 Sep 2012, 10:07 am

CJB wrote:Being the 100th Tour de France ever it is surely going to be something that plenty of riders are after. Without knowing much about the route who do you think most teams will choose to ride, we will see Nibali? Valverde?

Will we see the likes of

Evans - Probably won't contend
Wiggins
Froome
Contador
Rodriguez - Probably won't do the tour
Nibali
Valverde - Won't contend
van Der Broeck - Unlikely to do much, should target another race imo
Hesjedal - Unknown
etc?

If Andy S gets fit enough in time, then he's probably the favourite. Sami sanchez could well make the podium. Gesink, like VdB should aim for either the Giro or Vuelta next year. I'll be interesting to see if Pinot (and to a lesser extent Rolland) is able to step it up a level after he was so impressive this year.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun 09 Sep 2012, 10:34 am

CJB wrote:Being the 100th Tour de France ever it is surely going to be something that plenty of riders are after. Without knowing much about the route who do you think most teams will choose to ride, we will see Nibali? Valverde?

Will we see the likes of

Evans
Wiggins
Froome
Contador
Rodriguez
Nibali
Valverde
van Der Broeck
Hesjedal
etc?

Evans won't be a contender.
Wiggins, I have a hunch he will be Froome's wingman.
Froome, Team Sky leader, big contender if on form.
Contador, 2nd Favourite for me.
Rodriguez, will probably concentrate on Giro/Vuelta
Nibali, might do the tour, should focus on the Giro for me.
Valverde, might do the tour, but not a contender.
VDB, a top 10, but never an overall contender.
Hesjedal, expect to defend Giro crown.

Andy Schleck for me will be the favourite
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