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100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
« on: June 06, 2013, 14:06 »
Love it or hate it, its the biggest race of the year, broadcast worldwide, and the oldest grand tour of them all. This year celebrating its 100th edition, the race starts in Corsica and after the opening three stages will remain entirely in France, for the first time since 1988.  It will also be its first ever visit to Corsica,  Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse being the only two departments of France never visited by the Tour.

It will feature a final set of stages which have been described as "brutal", including three Alpine stages in the last week along with a  time trial. These include a double ascent of l'Alpe d'Huez, the first time the tour will feature a double climb of this scale. In total there are seven flat stages, five hilly stages, six mountain stages (four summit finishes), two individual time trial stages and one team time trial stage covering a total of 3,340,360 kilometres (2,075,603 mi). The race culminates in a early evening stage into Paris.

The Route

   Stage      Date      Details      Distance         
   1      29/06/13      Porto-Vecchio – Bastia      213 km (132 mi)       #flat   
   2      30/06/13      Bastia – Ajaccio      156 km (97 mi)       #med   
   3      01/07/13      Ajaccio – Calvi      145.5 km (90 mi)       #med   
   4      02/07/13      Nice – Nice      25 km (16 mi)       #tt   
   5      03/07/13      Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille      228.5 km (142 mi)       #flat   
   6      04/07/13      Aix-en-Provence – Montpellier      176.5 km (110 mi)       #flat   
   7      05/07/13      Montpellier – Albi      205.5 km (128 mi)       #med   
   8      06/07/13      Castres – Ax 3 Domaines      195 km (121 mi)       #mountain   
   9      07/07/13      Saint-Girons – Bagnères-de-Bigorre      168.5 km (105 mi)       #mountain   
         08/07/13      Rest day               
   10      09/07/13      Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo      197 km (122 mi)       #flat   
   11      10/07/13      Avranches – Mont-Saint-Michel      33 km (21 mi)       #tt   
   12      11/07/13      Fougères – Tours      218 km (135 mi)       #flat   
   13      12/07/13      Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond      173 km (107 mi)       #flat   
   14      13/07/13      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon      191 km (119 mi)       #flat   
   15      14/07/13      Givors – Mont Ventoux      242.5 km (151 mi)       #mountain   
         15/07/13      Rest day               
   16      16/07/13      Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap      168 km (104 mi)       #med   
   17      17/07/13      Embrun – Chorges      32 km (20 mi)       #tt   
   18      18/07/13      Gap – Alpe d'Huez      172.5 km (107 mi)       #mountain   
   19      19/07/13      Le Bourg-d'Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand      204.5 km (127 mi)       #mountain   
   20      20/07/13      Annecy – Mont Semnoz      125 km (78 mi)       #mountain   
   21      21/07/13      Versailles – Paris      133.5 km (83 mi)       #flat   

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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 14:12 »
    History of the Tour de France

    The 2013 version of the Tour de France is getting started. It is the biggest event in the sport and marks the three weeks that cycling is in the centre of the attention of the whole world. This year more than ever: this is supposed to be a special edition, as this marks the 100th time the Tour is held. The race started in 1903, but a few editions were cancelled due to the World Wars. But how was is possible for a race that started as a 6-stage experiment promoting a paper to grow into one of the biggest yearly sports events in the world?

    L'Auto and Henri Desgrange
    In 1902, the largest and most popular sports newspaper in France was 'Le Velo'. However, a competitor to that first daily sports paper had arrived: 'L'Auto'. There was a major rivalry between the two papers over the Dreyfus affair, a nationwide discussion over whether soldier Alfred Dreyfus had sold military secrets to the Germans. Editor of the L'Auto newspaper was Henri Desgrange, a prominent cyclist. Despite its ambitions however, sales of the newspaper were lower than anticipated. In a crisis meeting in Paris, the young journalist Géo Lefèvre proposed to organise a cycling race to promote the paper. Organising races was a popular means of promoting newspapers at the time: Le Vélo was gaining the attention of the whole land through its races Paris-Roubaix and Bordeaux-Paris. But Lefèvre didn't just propose a race like those: he wanted to transfer the six-day races that were popular on the track to the road and have cyclists race through the whole country. Desgrange was convinced by Lefèvre and financial director Victor Goddet to go along with the idea, and started making plans.

    In Desgrange's initial plans, the race was supposed to last for five weeks. This plan did not attract many cyclists though: in an age where most cyclists were amateurs the costs of missing work for that long were too high. The set-up was changed and now featured six stages over 19 days. Furthermore, prize money was increased, the entre fee lowered and a daily stipend for the participating riders was set. Under these conditions, 60 riders started the race. The stages were long: 4 stages were longer than 400 km, with the 6th and final stage the longest at 471 km. Starts were often at dawn, and could even last through the night. Desgrange was the general manager of the Tour, while Lefèvre followed the race on the road as director and judge. 2428 km was covered in just six race days: a race to the maximum of human toughness and endurance.

    The 1903 Tour de France
    The first stage of the first ever Tour de France was a 467 km effort from Paris to Lyon. Maurice Garin - a former chimney sweeper and winner of Paris-Roubaix and Bordeaux-Paris - won the stage after a gruelling 17 hours, 45 minutes and 13 seconds, followed at just 55 seconds by Emile Pagie. The rest of the peloton was much further behind though: number three Léon Georget was already at 34.59. Only 37 out of the 60 starters finished, with the final rider ending over 20 hours down on the first race leader Maurice Garin. The people who had to abandon were allowed to continue on the other days for stage wins, but would be out for the general classification. Pacers were not allowed, and Jean Fischer was punished for employing one.

    In the second stage from Lyon to Marseille, Hippolyte Aucouturier took the stage win in a sprint from Léon Georget. Maurice Garin lost time, but kept the lead with almost 9 minutes on Georget. Aucouturier also won stage 3, the stage in which Garin extended his lead: he now had almost 2 hours on his nearest competitors. Stage 4 saw the first non-French stage winner of the Tour de France: Charles Laeser of Switzerland. Garin confirmed his status as race leader in stage 5, which he won. The sixth and final stage, from Nantes to Paris over 471 km, was also won by Garin: he won the stage and the classification in front of 20.000 supporters in Paris' Parc Des Princes velodrome. He was not given a yellow jersey, but instead a green armbrace to signify his victory. The 21th and final rider finishing all stages ended almost 65 hours down on the race leader, who would go on to buy a gas station with his winnings, 6000 francs.

    The 1904 Tour and beyond
    The 1903 Tour de France was a huge success for L'Auto. The edition for the final stage sold 130.000 copies, and daily sales rose from 25.000 to 65.000. Le Vélo soon went out of business. More importantly though, the Tour de France was born. A 1904 edition was quickly plannen in which the course and rules were the same as the previous year. However, the Tour was so popular that things started going wrong: the second Tour was filled with controversial incidents of cheating, crashes and even riders being beaten up by fans of rivals. Despite four stage wins by Hippolyte Aucouturier, Maurice Garin managed to win the general classification again. However, months after the race all top four riders were disqualified for incidents during the race. The new winner became 19 year old Henri Cornet, who had initially finished almost 3 hours down on Garin. Garin retired from cycling after this, living out the rest of his days at his gas station until he died in 1957.

    Due to all the controversy, Henri Desgranges almost decided the 1904 Tour de France would be the last. However, due to the success of the race and all it had done for the L'Auto newspaper a new edition was planned for 1905 with changed rules. The race now consisted of 11 shorter stages with no nighttime riding, and the overall winner was decided by points rather than by time.
    Furthermore, the first significant mountains were placed on the parcours. Louis Trousselier won the Tour, which continued to capture the collective imagination of France.

    In the years that followed, the points classification remained in place. The mountain stages were also a success and were further expanded upon in following years: The Massif Central was climbed in 1906, the Pyrenees in 1910 and the Alps in 1911. 1909 saw the first non-French winner: Luxembourg rider Francois Faber. By that time, the number of stages had grown to 15. The general classification was revised to be competed on time rather than on points in 1913. The Tour de France was now a yearly feature in French and international media, already the biggest cycling event of the world. Even though World War I got in the way for some years, when it was resumed in 1919 it was as big as ever.

    Rules, teams, and classifications
    Desgrange wanted the Tour de France to be the ultimate competition between individuals. Therefore, he forbade riders from pacing each other during stages. In 1925 this was changed: pacing was now allowed as trade teams returned for the first time since WW1. The length of the race was also increased to 18 days. However, most flat stages were now decided by bunch sprints and riders attacked less often as the sport became more professional. In 1927, Desgrange attempted to fix this by making the race into a team competition where 16 out of the 24 stages were essentially team time trials. Nicolas Frantz of the Alcyon–Dunlop team won this competition and the yellow jersey, which by now was also a common feature of the race. The first yellow jerseys were handed out in 1919 and continued in the years afterward. The colour yellow is significant because it is the colour of the L'Auto newspaper.

    The 1930 Tour de France was significant for a few reasons. It was the first year national teams instead of trade teams were allowed. The extra costs this brought for the Tour, as food and support were now no longer provided by the bike brands, were compensated by the first publicity caravan of the Tour. Also, riders were now allowed to receive help in case they had a mechanical. The national teams remained a fixture in the Tour until 1962, when trade teams finally returned. 1967 and 1978 were again ran by national teams, but in 1969 the trade teams were back for good. In the meantime, another significant change to the Tour had happened: the green jersey for the points classification had been introduced in the 1953 Tour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the race. It was won by Fritz Schär in the 1953 edition. In 1975, the best climber classification that had been only semi-official for years was given its distinctive polka-dots jersey. In the 1960's, doping scandals became prominent. This caused cycling authorities to put limits on stage distances, leading to the current form of the Tour with transfers by car or plane in between some stages. By this time, the Tour had taken its current form.

    Organisers and politics
    Henri Desgranges organised the Tour de France from its inception in 1903 until he was forced to retire in 1936. He later died in 1940 at the age of 75. Jacques Goddet took over, but soon the World War 2 came in the way. During the war, Goddet refused to organise a Tour despite the Germans offering him the option to. When France was liberated though, L'Auto was disbanded for being too close to the Germans. Goddet started a new newspaper: L'Équipe. In 1946, two rival Tours were organised of each five stages. The one by Goddet and L'Équipe proved to be more popular and restarted the Tour de France in its old format in 1947. L'Équipe was soon taken over by Émilion Amaury. Goddet continued to organise the Tour until 1986. After him, a number of others took over: Jean-Pierre Courcol in 1988, Jean-Pierre Carenso in 1989, and Jean-Marie Leblanc from 1990 until Christian Prudhomme replaced him in 2005. Henri Desgranges is still remembered for his role in creating the race though: the yellow jersey often features his initials on the design.

    Since the start in the 1903 edition, 110 years and 99 editions have passed. The Tour has known great highs with great riders such as Fausto Coppi, Eddie Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault fighting for the wins. The best sprinters in the world have embraced the green jersey as one of the most prestigious prizes available for them. Climbers and attackers from all countries dream of winning the polka dots. And young talents hope to see their talent confirmed by wearing the white jersey of the young riders' classification. However, the Tour has also known lows, often concerning doping. Perhaps one of the lowest points of the Tour was the recent saga surrounding Lance Armstrong, whose seven consecutive Tour wins were taken away for doping. Now, the Tour is hoping to leave all that behind them and move on towards a new great era of cycling. It is time to decide who will become the next person in that list of great names who have won the Tour de France. Bring on the 100th edition.

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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 14:22 »
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    Stages 1 to 3
    « Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 14:25 »
    Since the  the Tour de France has begun it has never visited Corsica. This changes in 2013 with three stages on the island. A flat stage for the sprinters, a loosely termed mountain stage, and finally a lumpy stage for the rouleurs.

    For the first time in recent history, a sprinter will have a chance to take yellow on the opening day of the tour. With the exception of 2008 and 2011, every opening stage since 1967 has been a prologue time trial, and the two recent stages favoured puncheurs. The course winds itself around the bay of Palombaggia and the cliffs of Bonifacio before a flat sprint finish in Bastia.

    After the stage 1 sprint, stage 2 follows with a medium mountain stage that takes in the Vizzavona pass. The finish has a certain classic-esque quality about it. The climb of the Cote de Salario just over 10km from the finish before a quick run to the line

    More climbs on stage 3 as the race passes through Cargese and then Porto. Five climbs in total, with the Marsolino pass coming 13km from the finish of the stage. Every chance an opportunist could try and take yellow - if the big contenders come out to play they have a long way to go until Paris

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    Stages 4 to 9
    « Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 14:25 »

    The tour returns to Nice, 35 times the host city of a Tour stage, and 32 years after the City held the Grand Depart of the 1981 tour. (That year Bernard Hinault won the opening prologue to take yellow as world champion). Ten Tour Winners have won in Nice, five of them doing the Tour/Paris Nice double.. The last, Bradley Wiggins in 2012.
    This time around it sees the return of the Team Time Trial, and for the first time includes reigning World Team Time Trial Champions. The course though is short, and we shouldnt see significant time gaps.

    Stage 5 runs from Cagnes-sur-mer to Marseille. 34 times the City has hosted a stage of the Tour and on the last two visits, 2003 and 2007 it was a breakaway that took the honours. (Jakob Piil in 2003 and Cedric Vasseur in 2007). Chances are a break could take it again with the Gineste coming a few km from the finish.

    Aix-en-Provence hosts a tour stage for the 6th time, but the first since 1962 when it was the arrival for a stage that started in Montpellier. This time the stage runs the other way around. The finish in Montpellier will be remembered as the scene for a young Peter Sagan in his first major race (the 2010 Paris Nice) picking up his second professional victory. Today however Sagan will have his work cut out, in a stage likely to be a showdown between the fast men, Andrei Greipel and Mark Cavendish.

    Another chance for  a breakaway as the race runs along rolling terrain from Montpellier to Albi. The sprinters teams though will have other ideas, as their last chance for a win for a few days with the Pyranees standing ominously in the distance.

    As with Corsica, the stage depart of Castres will be familiar to those riders who have taken part in past editions of the Criterium Dauphine. Stage 8 will see the start of the challenges for the overall contenders. The climb towards the Pailhares pass, one of the toughest in the Pyranees, a descent into Ax-les-Thermes followed by a climb to the ski resort at Ax 3 Domaines. Expect the first big moves of the race to be made here.

    The first day of real action as the race heads to altitude. The climbs of the Portet-d'Aspet and Mente start us off, before the summits of Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and the final climb of La Hourquette d'Ancizan before the long descent into the finish at Bagneres de Bigorre.   Bagneres de Bigorre is remembered for being the scene of Jacques Anquetil's first stage win of the tour (non tt) in 1963. He had already tackled the Col de Tourmalet and Abisque earlier in the day, and took the sprint at the end.

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    « Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 14:26 »
    After a much needed rest day in which the riders transfer north, the race resumes initially in the Loire before moving up to the coasts of Normandy and Brittany and then down through the Rhone towards the Alps.

    In the early days of the Tour the race would hug the coastline of France and Brittany was a regular fixture in the race. Recently multiple stages have been held across the windswept region of Northern France. This time it only gets a single stage finish, that in Saint-Malo after a depart from Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois (Hosting a stage for the first time). The stage itself poses no problems and theres very little to suggest anything other than a mass sprint, unless of course the wind decides to play a role.

    Another landmark in Tour History as well as the local coastline is Mont-Saint-Michel. Visited only once in the history of the Tour, in 1990 when Johan Museeuw was the winner.  This time around its the scene of the first time trial. 33km over what can best be described as lumpy terrain.

    It doesnt come flatter than this, running through the heart of the Val de Loire to Tours, and the finish line in front of the Parc des Expositions (as opposed to Avenue de Grammont which traditionally is used). Sprint stage all the way.

    Another flat day as the race moves south into the Centre of France. Heading from Tours to Saint-Arnand-Montrond through Touraine and then the Berry Countryside. Another sprint finish, the only disruption may be the wind.

    Last chance for the sprinters until Paris so there is no way this will be anything other than a sprint. The parcours though may have something to say about that. The Cote de Bourg-Thizy and the Col du Pilon may split things up, and then as you come into Lyon, theres the climbs of Croix-Rousse (4.1%) and La Duchere (4.5%). Just ten kilometres remain after La Duchere for the sprinters teams to pull any breakaways back into the pack.

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    « Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 14:26 »
    And so to the Alps...

    200km of flat racing precede the first taste of real climbing in the Tour (Note: Technically Ventoux is not in the Alps). Mont Ventoux been visited 14 times in total since 1909 but despite its legendary status has only been used by the Tour as a stage finish 8 times (1958, 65, 70, 72, 87, 2000, 02, and 09). The first time was in 1958 as a time trial when Charly Gaul climbed the mountain in 1h 2' 9". The French will be hoping for another winner today, on 14th July, Bastille Day.

    The race takes the south side of Ventoux from Bedoin, by far the most famous and difficult route of ascent. A total of 21.8km with 1617m of climbing. The first few kilometres to Saint-Esteve are easy enough at 3.9, but the remaining 16 kilometres have an average of nearly 9%. Towards the top you can expect strong winds.  Ascent of the Ventoux from the south takes around 1hr, the record being held by Iban Mayo who climbed it in the 2004 Criterium Dauphine in 55m51 (Time Trial).

    The mountain, famously is also remembered for being the climb that led Tom Simpson to collapse and die on July 13th 1967.

    After a rest day in Vaucluse the action resumes as the race enters the Alps. This one has all the makings of a day for the break. The big GC contenders will want to keep their powder dry ready for the upcoming time trial, so this will be the day that the Roulers that have lost time over the first two weeks to have a go for the win. The latter part of the stage profile including the Col de Manse is almost identical to that in 2011 when Thor Hushovd won the stage ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen.

    Thirty two kilometres of time trial, of which nearly half is climbing make up the second and final individual time trial of the 2013 Tour. Not a true mountain time trial and one that will leave riders with decisions to make over equipment as the course loops around the lake. Chorges hosts the finish of a Tour stage for the first time.

    Ventoux, Tourmalet, Galibier, all mythical mountains of the Tour but each bows its head in acknowledgement of the greatest of them all, Alpe d'Huez. In 1952 camera motorbikes were at the Tour for the first time. This was also the first time the Alpe was used with Fausto Coppi triumphing on his way to Tour victory. This cemented the climbs immediate place in legend.

    21 hairpin bends make up the climb, each one numbered and bearing the name of a previous winner, from Coppi, Zoetemelk, Kuiper, Agostinho, Winnen and Breu to Herrara, Hinault, Echave, Rooks, Jan Theunisse, Bugno, Hamsten, Conti, Pantani, Guerini, Mayo, Frank Schleck, Sastre and Rolland[1]

    This year they dont just climb it once, but after an initial 12.3km ascent they loop around over the Col de Sarenne and climb it a second time over 13.8km.

    Another day in the Alps, and a stage that has its big guns from the start. First up the Col du Glandon, nearly 22km at a fairly untesting 5%, before the Col de la Madeleine, at nearly 8% average. The long descent to Albertville preceeds the final Trois Pics, the short climbs of Col de Tamie, Col de l'Epine and Col de la Croix Fry. The finish in Le Grand Bornand was the scene of Linus Gerdemann's rise to fame when taking the Mallot Jaune as a Tour novice.

    The final day in the Alps and the final chance for any rider harbouring aspirations of winning the Tour. A very short stage, just 125km so it promises action from the off. The early 50km is rolling before teh climbs of Mont Revard, and then the finish on the summit at Annecy Semnoz, 11km at around 8.5%. This will be Annecy's first appearance as a stage location.

    An in-depth look at Stage 20 from Froome
    Originally I derided this stage as being unimaginative and plain boring. Having studied it further I actually believe it is a fascinating profile which bucks the general trend, here is why:

    I always find a new climb an intriguing prospect, particularly a climb which is atypical and presents a unique challenge. Annency Semnoz is just such a climb with 10.7km at 8.5%, that is shorter than both Ventoux or Le Alpe but crucially it is steeper with a gradient of 8.5%. Furthermore rather than the climb finishing on a crescendo it is the first two kilometres which are steepest and they have some extremely steep ramps, after that it levels out a bit and becomes what we would expect from a Tour de France climb in the Alps. The punishing early gradient combined with the last chance nature of the stage will hopefully encourage riders to strike out for glory early with the knowledge that this will be their ultimate last chance before they find themselves riding through Paris.

    The stage itself is a mere 125 kilometres in length and it is very evident that the Tour organisers have learner from the experience of the scintillating Alpe d’Huez stage of 2011 and are hoping for more of the same here. The opening 60 kilometres are lumpy and will ensure the GC contenders remain ever vigilant but the action will kick off with the Mont Revard, it is a long drag over close to 16km and it will ensure that the yellow jersey’s domestiques will have earned their pay by the end of the day.

    I was originally critical of the design, mentioning how futile it was to place Revard so far from the foot of the last climb, but the profile is deceptive due to its brevity. In reality there is only 30km or so between the summit of the Revard and the climb to Semonz and though the descent will most likely ensure the group at the foot of the climb will be around 50 riders the Ravard does represent a glaring opportunity for riders who have much to gain to attack like Alberto Contador did on the Col du Telegraphe in 2011.

    Indeed the major benefit of a short and explosive stage such as this is the fact that the riders will not be dulled by fatigue once they arrive at the pointy end of the race. Instead of the race being decided through a slog up the final climb with the strongest riders winning as we have seen in past Grand Tours, we will see a stage full of intrigue as riders see the opportunity to attack early on and yet still have the ability to hold on due to the short nature of the stage. As in 2011, where the final mountain stage was a similarly short stage featuring the Galibier and Le Alpe, this year’s stage will encourage tactics by the riders with their fresh legs and the last chance saloon being additional incentives to go for it early.

    So my predictions will be a similar result to 2011, where the stage was decided by three riders who were relatively high up the standings yet not high enough to worry the riders competing for the overall, most likely as they will attack on the early slopes of the Semonz where the gradients are steep or even on the Revard before. Riders in these positions will most likely be the likes of Pierre Rolland, Joaquim Rodriguez and Thibau Pinot who may not have the overall capabilities to challenge for the Maillot Jaune but can still climb with the very best and wish to inscribe their names in the history of this new and enticing new climb.

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     1. Assumedly Lance Armstrongs name has now been removed from the sign he shared with Coppi along with his second sign at hairpin 19 shared with Hennie Kuiper<ref>
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    Stage 21 - Versailles to Paris
    « Reply #7 on: June 06, 2013, 14:26 »

    And finally after three weeks of racing the 100th Tour reaches its conclusion in Paris. Departing from the grounds of the Chateau de Versailles it then heads to Paris for the traditional circuit finish, but this time at dusk, in the Paris evening.

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    « Reply #8 on: June 07, 2013, 15:48 »
    The Yellow Jersey
    The yellow jersey is the main prize of every Tour de France. It signals the leader of the general classification, the rider who has completed the parcours in the fastest time. So who are the favourites of this year's Tour? Who can be expected to fight for the top step on the final podium on the Champs-Élysées? And who will struggle to keep up with the leaders? Here, we will rate the favourites and their various strengths and weaknesses. One amongst them will be the one to win the 100th edition of the Tour de France?

    Chris Froome *gb
    Chris Froome of Team Sky is the big favourite for the Tour this year, for bookmakers as well as for most of the fans. And that's only normal, considering what  he has done over the last two years. Froome was born in Kenya to British parents, but in 2010 he started to ride for Great-Britain instead of Kenya and signed for the then newly founded Team Sky. His breakthrough didn't come until the 2011 Vuelta à España, rising out of the shadow of his supposed team leader Bradley Wiggins to take second overall and a stage win. At the 2012 Tour he confirmed his talent, guiding Wiggins towards the Tour win and finishing runner-up to his teammate in the process. In 2013, he was almost unbeatable so far: he won the classifications of Oman, Critérium International and the Tour de Romandie. But the biggest target is yet to come: will he be able to continue his dominance into the Tour de France?

    Froome is the fastest time trialist of the GC contenders present in this Tour. With two time trials in the race of each over 30 km, Froome will likely have a lead to defend in the mountains. However, his possibilities in the mountains are not limited to defending: he climbs as good as anyone, and is probably the single best climber in the world right now. And yet Froome has weaknesses. His descending is not great, and he is uncertain at best in bad weather conditions. These two weaknesses have cost him the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico. Furthermore, he lacks the experience some of his contenders do have. However, his team will compensate for much: with guys like Porte, Kiriyenka and Sivtsov supporting him, in the absence of Wiggins Sky are fully devoted to Chris Froome. Despite his status as the favourite however, Froome's victory is far from certain given the strength of his opponents.

    Alberto Contador *es
    The dominant stage racer of the last few years, Alberto Contador's has been a near-constant presence at the front of races since 2007. In that year, he won his first Tour de France as well as Paris-Nice. The next year, he added the Giro and Vuelta to his palmares. Further Tour victories followed in 2009 and 2010, although in the latter he was found positive for clenbuterol. After a convincing win in the 2011 Giro, he was suspended and both his 2010 Tour and the 2011 Giro wins were taken away. He returned at the Vuelta in 2012, and immediately won it. 2013 has so far not seen him hit his best form though: he finished second in Oman, third in Tirreno-Adriatico, and fifth in the Pais Vasco. Froome has been the stronger man so far this year, but the Spaniard's form is sure to grow towards and even during the Tour. Given his palmares and abilities, "El Pistolero" will make life very hard for Froome and all other contenders this Tour.

    Contador is an all-round stage racer. However, his time trialling has not seemed the same since he returned from his suspension. It is likely that in those time trials, Froome will gain some time on his rival. But in the mountains, Contador can beat anyone when he's on his peak. His accelleration is brilliant and his effortless style of pedalling - standing more often than sitting down - is a joy to watch. Yet given Froome's strength, Contador may have to use his other weapons. He is a very good descender and relatively comfortable in bad weather, so if the weather turns sour the Saxo Bank rider may have the advantage. His team is also very strong and should be a match for Sky: Saxo-Tinkoff will bring riders like Kreuziger, Roche and Rogers to support their leader in the climbs. Then there is one more weapon Contador can always count on: his experience and instinct. He won the 2013 Vuelta with a surprise attack, and may have to work with similar tactics this year. Expect Contador to attack early and often, and to try everything to put his rival off his game.

    Joaquim Rodriguez *es
    "Purito" Rodriguez has been close to a win in a Grand Tour twice last year: At the Giro he was beaten by Hesjedal by just 16 seconds on the final stage, and in the Vuelta Contador pipped him with a surprise attack. However, Rodriguez did win the Giro di Lombardia and Flèche Wallonne, and won the UCI World Tour Classification on the way.
    Even at 34, the Spaniard from Barcelona is one of the best climbers in the peloton. In fact, Rodriguez only seems to improve with age. He has a huge accelleration in his legs and is one of the best riders for the hills in this peloton. Despite these many strengths however, Rodriguez' time trialling is a big weakness, even if he has improved in recent years. He can be expected to keep up with all the best riders in the climbs and perhaps even take some time with late attacks, but the two time trials will cost him dearly. Still, his performances from last year do make him a favourite for the podium at least. And should Contador and Froome lack form, lose time on unexpected moments or even crash out, who knows what might be possible?

    Alejandro Valverde *es
    A few years ago, Rodriguez was a domestique. A hugely talented one, but a domestique nonetheless. His leader back then? Alejandro Valverde. Another Spaniard in his thirties, Valverde is a controversial figure due to a few doping suspensions. His talent is undenied however. He has won the 2009 Vuelta, finished runner-up in last years', and has 4 Tour stages on his name in addition to numerous classic race wins. This year he has won the Vuelta a Andalucia and finished on the podium of both the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
    "Balaverde" (The Green Bullet) is an excellent climber and has the best sprint amongst the GC riders. His time trialling is not great, but he can limit his losses. Valverde's Movistar team is one of the strongest around, and with Quintana and Rui Costa he has two people who could take over in case the designated leader fails. Valverde may not be on the level of Froome and Contador, but he could definitely compete for the podium.

    Cadel Evans *auTejay Van Garderen *usa

    BMC have two leaders at this Tour. Cadel Evans is 36, Australian, and a big name in cycling. He won the 2011 Tour de France and was the World Champion of 2009. After a disappointing 2012, Evans hoped to re-find his form at the 2013 Giro d'Italia. In the end he managed to finish third and showed that he's not completely past it just yet. But will that Giro have aided his preparation, or just tired him out ahead of the Tour? Cadel can effectively limit his losses in the time trials and the climbs, but seems to lack an area where he can really make the difference. However, his tenacity and toughness may help him on the way to a high classification.
    Van Garderen is some 12 years younger, at 24. He won the young riders' classification at the 2012 Tour de France, confirming his status as one of the biggest talents in stage racing right now. Tejay has won the Tour of California this year, and will come into the Tour well-prepared. Tejay is a good time trialist who can hold on in the mountains, but is not yet on the level of the podium contenders. However, he'll be hoping to improve upon his 5th place last year, even if that will be hard in this field. A major question will be whether Evans and Van Garderen will both ride as joint leaders, or if one will have to ride for the other. Having two cards to play may be a great advantage, but it does not have to be.

    Ryder Hesjedal *ca
    Ryder Hesjedal was the first Canadian Grand Tour winner when he won the 2012 Giro d'Italia. After that, he planned to show his improved form in the Tour but unfortunately crashed out. In 2013, his season was aimed towards defending his Giro win. However, an illness forced him to abandon and reset his focus towards the Tour. Ryder is an unpredictable time trialist, a good climber and a great hilly rider. He may not be likely to reach the win here, but could definitely contend for a high placing if he's on form. His Garmin team is strong and motivated, young talent Talansky could take over the leadership role from the Canadian should that be necessary. For Ryder, the big question will be whether he has recovered from whatever forced him to leave the Giro. Can he find his form again and compete with the best?

    Nairo Quintana *co
    Many who only watch cycling at the Tour de France will be surprised to see this name in previews. The young Colombian is something of an unknown factor in this Tour even for the people who have known him longer. Last year at the Vuelta he supported Valverde effectively on the mountains, while winning some races for himself. This year, he seemed to have taken another step up: winning the Pais Vasco is no small feat. Now, Quintana is preparing for the Tour. Initially he seems to be set as a super-domestique for Valverde, but there is more possible. Some even think him an outsider for the yellow jersey, many expect him to feature in GT's for years to come. One issue will be how he will hold up in the time trials: he is unproven at those and could lose a lot of time. That should be compensated in the climbs, where he may surprise many. The white jersey is a realistic target, as is a top-10 classification. Beyond that, who knows?

    Andy Schleck *lu
    Andy Schleck is a an enigma. He seemed destined to become an all-time great when he debuted with a Giro runner-up spot, followed by three consecutive white jerseys at the Tour. Since last year however, something seems to be wrong. Schleck was injured for the 2012 Tour and never seemed to have recovered. He became a running joke amongst cycling fans for not finishing races, but is slowly getting back into shape. It's easy to forget he is nominally the winner of the 2010 Tour de France and was second twice more. Back then, he had a beautiful effortless climbing style and was able to match anyone. Time trialling was and still is an issue, but has his climbing form returned? This is also the first GT he has started without his brother Frank present since his debut GT in 2007. Will this make a difference? Schleck could go anywhere from an abandon in the first week to a podium or even a win, depending on which Andy we'll see. Let's hope it will be the one we remember from his epic stage win on the Galibier.

    Pierre Rolland *fr
    One of the great hopes of the French. Rolland won the white jersey in 2011 with an impressive stage win, and followed that performance with an 8th place and another stage in 2012. This year, he will try to once again better himself. A better climber than time trialist, Rolland will be happy to see the climb where he won his first Tour stage return: Alpe d'Huez. Europcar have had two good years at the Tour, Rolland will be hoping to please the French audience as well as the sponsors by adding another.

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck *be
    Van Den Broeck is the perfect example of a Tour rider: he is rarely visible in races throughout the years and almost never wins anything, but is always up there for the Tour. Two fourth places in the last 3 years are a good result though, even if Jurgen is not the most exciting of riders to watch. He will have to share his team with top sprinter André Greipel though, and his key domestique Vanendert will not make it due to illness. Van Den Broeck can be expected to creep up on the GC again by doing decent time trials and hanging on relatively well in the climbs. Perhaps we'll even see him attack once or twice?

    Thibaut Pinot *fr
    In the 2012 Tour de France, Pinot was one of the brightest spots. The young Frenchman ended in 10th place and won a stage, climbing with the best of the world in a few stages at the tender age of 22. Now a year older and with the experience of last years Tour, Pinot will undoubtedly be stronger. His year so far has been quite uneventful, but he'll be ready to fight for the white jersey as well as a position high in the GC. The great French hope will hopefully be his attacking self again and lighten the Tour up once again.

    Bauke Mollema *nl
    Bauke Mollema has been around for a few years now, but his relationship with the Tour has so far not been great. In 2011 he fell ill and only recovered in the third week, too late to salvage his GC. A year later he crashed out. However, he does have a 4th place at the Vuelta to his name as well as the points classification there. His team will be looking towards him for a result: a top 10 would be excellent for the team that is to be sponsored by Belkin from this Tour on. Mollema climbs well and has talent for the hills, but his time trialling is a question mark. Most importantly for him: will the curse that hit all Rabobank GC riders in previous years have left along with the sponsor? Mollema will be hoping it did.

    :* Haimar Zubeldia, Richie Porte, Janez Brajkovic, Jakob Fuglsang, Robert Gesink, Roman Kreuziger, Daniel Martin, Andrew Talansky, and more.

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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #9 on: June 07, 2013, 16:00 »
    The White Jersey
    The White Jersey has an illustrious list of winners, with a total of 6 of its past 29 winners going onto win the ultimate prize at the Tour de France. But this jersey is not solely an indication of things to come, but rather is a much esteemed competition to win in its own right. What makes the battle for this competition so intriguing is that it is anyone’s for the taking; the young talents competing for the prize have not yet established themselves on the big stage and therefore the Tour provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate what they have to offer and to establish themselves as future household names.

    Tejay Van Garderen: *usa   
    The winner of last year’s Maillot Blanc will be back this year with aspirations on improving on his 5th place overall. He will find this year’s parcours less suited to his abilities, but if he continues on the trajectory he has been following for the past few years he will undoubtedly feature. His time trialling ability can rival and even surpass all but a select few riders in the world. He came 4th in last year’s World Championships Time Trial and he proved his prowess in Grand Tour time trials as well with a lovely ride to 4th in the Tour Time trial to Besancon, where he was only beaten by the dominating Sky duo and Fabian Cancellara. His climbing has not risen to such lofty heights just yet but it is an ever improving asset of his repertoire, asides from his exploits at the Tour last year he has also been outstanding across the Atlantic at the Tour of California and the US Pro Cycling Challenge.
    Quote from: Bob Stapleton
    "Not too many athletes have the whole package, but he has”
    Yet Tejay has rarely outside of his comfort zone, his triumph in this years’ Tour of California was impressive but rarely did it stretch or test him, if he wants to succeed and take that next step up in this years’ Tour he will have to learn not just to ride conservatively in the mountains and gain time in the trials. Rather he will have to push on and make ground whenever he finds himself with the opportunity. Additionally last year Tejay was sheltered from intense pressure of the Tour and its camaraderie, this year he comes into the Tour with immense expectations on his shoulders. With Cadel Evans announced as leader of BMC though he will be find himself obliged to help the Australian if he struggles on the early climbs. Last year such actions cost Tejay time on La Toussuire and he only truly came into his own when he has released from the shackles his team has placed upon him. BMC have to decide whether they want to go with the 2011 Tour winner or the 2014 Tour winner, but in the meantime Tejay will assuredly be there waiting to pounce on any opportunity.

    Nairo Quintana: *co
    The only rider to have disrupted the Sky train in full flow, he managed to evade the clutches of Sky when he attacked in last year’s Dauphine to take the queen stage. There is no doubt he is talented; a brief look at his palmares shows a year of his disappointment as he struggled to adjust to the Pro ranks, as a winner of Tour de l’avenir it will always be tough to match expectations. But last year in his breakout year he showed what a talent he truly is.

    The defining result for me was his 6th place on Stage 16 of last year’s Vuelta. He almost escorted Valverde up most of the climb and still had enough to finish in 6th and 4th considering De Gendt and Cataldo were in the break. It not only proved his burgeoning talent but showed that he can compete with just about the very best. His Time trialling ability surprised all when he came second in the Basque country and managed to secure the overall. Considering that it won’t come as a surprise that he can handle the hilly stuff respectably and that he can also match the majority of accelerations.
    Quote from: Alejandro Valverde
    “He can have a role as a team leader when I’m not there, as he showed in the Volta a Catalunya”

    Yet what worries me is Movistar’s decision to send him to Colombia in preparation for the Tour de France. It is an unprecedented course of action which means he will be coming to the Tour without any proper, concrete racing in his legs. In theory he will have the first week of the Tour to adjust, but at the same time that first week may be the week where Valverde proves his credentials as Tour leader. And that is his other dilemma, Valverde may have come 20th in last year’s Tour, but he proved at the Vuelta that he can still compete in Grand Tours. What does that mean for Quintana? From what I can gather he will enter the Tour as co-leader alongside Valverde, but he will have to be vigilant in the opening stages, especially the hilly stages in Corsica which suit Valverde as otherwise he will fast see himself playing second fiddle.

    Andrew Talansky: *usa
    Talansky will enter the Tour as part of a three rider assault on the Tour by Garmin alongside Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal. Yet Garmin will not be likely to dictate the race and will most likely allow all three free reign to ride to the maximum of their abilities. This will benefit Talansky who has all the skills to be successfulT in a Grand Tour. His time trialling is very capable and his climbing ability brought him a 7th place finish in last year’s gruelling Vuelta. That race proved he has the mental fortitude to succeed as a Grand Tour contender and he will only have been heartened by his results this year which confirm the steady, upward trajectory which his career has taken.
    Quote from: Andrew Talansky
    "It will be exciting since it's my first Tour, but it's the Tour so everything will be a little bit harder and a little bit bigger. But at the end of the day when you get to a final climb you still just have to do everything you can to get up that climb and when you're doing a time trial it's still just a time trial.
    Nevertheless he will need to display something special if he wants to beat Van Garderen and Quintana to the White Jersey, as in both cases either their time trialling or climbing will allow them to gain vital time. He has shown nothing but heartening performances since he has turned Pro and now could be the time when he finally takes the big leap up.

    Thibau Pinot: *fr
    The Tour every year concludes with one rider who has forged his name as a future winner of the race. Last year that rider was Thibau Pinot. Any true cycling fan could not help but be impressed with the determination of the young rider who pushed himself beyond reasonable limits in order to take a stage win of remarkable poise in Porrentruy. But more impressive was the way in which Pinot then doggedly refused to cede ground to the GC favourites in the mountains. Top 5 finishes on the Tour’s two primary mountains stages just served to underline his potential.

    With another year of experience under his belt Pinot should certainly improve on his 10th place overall, but whether he can take it that one step further and make his mark on this Tour. Well let’s just wait and see?

    Michal Kwiatkowski: *pl
    Kwiatkowski is the new kid on the block, who has taken many by surprise as this newfound ability to climb. Primarily considered a specialist time triallist, last year he had a breakthrough when he led the Tour of Poland, his home tour. Yet it was at this year’s Tirreno where he managed to astonish all with a gutsy and determined ride to finish 4th on the queen stage to Prati di Tavo amidst the illustrious company of the likes Nibali and Chris Froome. The message was clear; this boy could climb. He has subsequently backed his Tirreno ride up with some fabulous performances in the Ardennes and continued success in his favoured discipline of time trialling.

    Against him though is the fact that he has yet to prove himself in a Grand Tour, he has climbed strongly in Tirreno but the consistent strain of a Grand Tour and the variety of challenges he will have to face count against him. Additionally he will be provided with the bare leftovers of Mark Cavendish’s leadout train and he very likely will be asked to participate himself. So no, I do not think he can win this competition but nevertheless it is worth keeping an eye out for a a very talented young rider with the capability to surprise.

    King of the Mountains
    Category 4 = 1 point
    Category 3 = 2, 1 points
    Category 2 = 5, 3, 2, 1 points
    Category 1 = 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 points
    Hors Category = 25, 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 pts
    The points for a mountain top finish are doubled, if that mountain is an HC, 1C or 2C.
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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #10 on: June 07, 2013, 19:06 »
    The Battle For Green
    Flat Stages: 45,35,30,26,22,20,18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2
    Medium Mountain Stages: 30,25,22,19,17,15,13,11,9,7,6,5,4,3,2
    High Mountain Stages: 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
    Individual Time Trial Stages: 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
    Intermediate Sprints: 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

    Mark Cavendish *gb
    Goes into the race fresh off his victory in the points classification in the Giro, the first sprinter in five years to do so, and will enter the Tour as overwhelming favourite. Omega Quickstep appear to have made up for their leadout earlier in the year and will put a strong train in place for the Manxman. With so many pure sprint finishes available, only the bravest would bet against him.

    Peter Sagan *sk
    Twenty three years old, two tour appearances and already three stage wins, he could prove to be Cavendish biggest threat. He cant match the manxman for pure speed, but will consistently pickup points, and when the road goes upwards on intermediate stages he will pick up points where Cavendish wont.

    André Greipel *de
    Thirty years old and only riding his fourth Tour de France. Probably the one man who can match Cavendish for pure speed, and can also hang in their better than most sprinters when the road goes uphill. Goes into the Tour with a hugely experienced squad including key leadout man Greg Henderson. The Gorilla could well match both Cavendish and Sagan to make it a real three way battle.

    Marcel Kittel *de
    He's fast, hes young and he can win. Kittel though may be let down by the fact that his team simply wont be as strong as the powerhouses of Lotto and Quickstep. Will probably be happy if he can come away with a stage win and a decent position in the Green Jersey standings.

    Matthew Goss *au
    The jury's out on Matt Goss right now. After storming seasons in 2010 and 2011 he has now only won three stages since his victory in Milan San Remo in 2011 (A stage in California, a stage in the 2012 Giro and a stage this year in Tirreno Adriatico). After Greenedge had a forgettable Giro, he will be hoping for at least a stage win. But green? A step too far.
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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #11 on: June 08, 2013, 23:00 »
    Further Info:

    Official Website: Link
    Startlist: *pcs
    How the Tour is Broadcast: Link
    Stage reconnaissance videos: Link
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    Re: 100e Tour de France - The Big Preview
    « Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 17:22 »
    Tour de France Roadbook 130mb ~pdf Link
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