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Now I know Toolonglegs has already created a thread on the 2013 TdF & no doubt there will be some form of fantasy challenge, but here is your chance at the glory of picking the winner of the maillot jaune*. I thought about adding a separate poll about whether Abondonandy will finish the Tdf, but I am sure MichaelB will have that story covered
* In light of recent events, the glory will be given to the person or persons who correctly predicts who will wear the maillot jaune in Paris, regardless of whether it is subsequently ripped from their shoulders in disgrace
I'll vote at the end of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Froome has to be the favourite for me... but Contador could disrupt the Sky Team quite a bit with his attacks. Cadel ... we will see. Lot's of beautiful climbs this year and not too much TT'ing. If Froome rips a minute or more out of all the other climbers in tomorrow's TT then I will go with him.
The french steak isn't as good as that spanish one prepared by the Astana chefs ....
Maybe that's why Nibbles did so well at the Giro - the Astana chefs !!!
Bit hard to go past Froome at the moment. He's a talented man in good form and has a very good grand tour team behind him. Contador seems to be missing his mojo (or something else if one feels cynical), but he might come good yet.
I'd love to say Cadel, but I'm not hopeful. Still he's a tough nut and you never know what can happen as long as his health stays good and the Giro hasn't smashed him. Beyond that - roll the dice.
Froome for me... Especially with the Sky train & Porte in ripping form as his 2IC.
Very interested to see how Rogers goes helping out Albeefo.
Can't see anyone else winning outside of the usual suspects... Maybe Van Garderen as a slight roughie, with Cadel's assistance. I don't think Cadel will be able to back up after the Giro.
Valverde looks in pretty good knick too.
I have to say I am really looking forward to the Tour this year...
For weeks/months the lead up has been awesome ... only 4 weeks ago there seemed to be so many options - the whole Froome vs Wiggo affair at Sky has now been concluded with Wiggo pulling out, and the Evans vs TeJay VG was there until Evans proved he still had some class in the Giro..(althogh TJ is young, he appears to be on form at the moment too)
Now that a lot of the internal team stuff has settled down I feel its gonna be a battle of Evans vs Froome vs Contador......(with an outside chance the BMC will keep TeJay close to the GC leaders in case Evans has some issues at some point - illness, mechnical, or performance)
Looking at Froome's form its gotta be hard to go past him as the likely GC contender - his been in the TdF a few years now, he's got a few good wins under the belt, is on good form and has a good team behind him (a team that got Wiggo over the line last year...)
BUT, based on Giro performance, it could be that Evans is on the right path to peak during the Tour. And hopefully the TdF this year won't suit Team Sky as much as last year - it was boring as bat poo watching Sky pretty much dominate from start to finish last July.
Either way, it looks like it could be an interesting year ....
Realistically I reckon Froome is heading in the right direction - but I'm really hoping that Cadel peaks at the right time.
Yeah, but I wonder whether Froome has gone too hard too early...
There are still a lot of cycling days to come before the big days of the Tour, and I wonder whether Froome can maintain the form .... He can't keep going flat out forever....
Meanwhile, Evans has got a good few weeks of rest/recovery/preparation post Giro.
It's going to all be about who peaks at the right time....
Don't forget Movistar some great work in lead up races they seem to be forgotten so Quintana for me,i might be a bit left of centre but jumping on the Froome bandwagon doesn't seem right and it is 3 weeks long.
Nearly half the voters got it right. The optimistic Aussies (including me) were left disappointed & contador didn't have enough beef.
Riding against the wind was seddo whose pick managed to make the podium. No love at all for 2nd place Quintana - although that will probably change next year.
i'm sure you will find some love for Quintana from me there somewhere
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