The 2013 Tour de France: The Biggest Race in Cycling

12
Apr
2013

The 2013 Tour de France is just around the corner, and this guest post from Mark at Ladbrokes provides a first look at who’s favored to win the 100th edition of this grand tour.

The Tour de France: the biggest race in cycling

2013 Tour de France

It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the sporting calendar and attracts millions of viewers around the world. Where many other races fail to capture the public’s imagination, the Tour de France succeeds.

Last year, a dramatic race saw the charismatic Brit, Bradley Wiggins, secure the Yellow Jersey, but what does this year have in store?

Cancellara in check

In the run-up to cycling’s marquee event, one of the in-form riders is Fabian Cancellara who recently secured an impressive victory in the Paris-Roubaix Race, his third win of the race in a row. He’s likely to be one of the major threats to Wiggins’ crown, especially as he has had victories this season at the Tour of Flanders and the E3 Harelbeke.

The Swiss ace had mixed fortunes in 2012, with an injury to his right collarbone keeping him out of some of the biggest meetings of the year. He also left last year’s tour to support his wife at the birth of his child.

However, he’s begun 2013 with a bang, and with the Tour less than three months away, it seems that he’s coming into form at the right time.

bradley_wigginsA Successful Defense?

A lot of pressure rests on the shoulders of Bradley Wiggins. After a phenomenally successful 2012, a nation of keen cycling fans expects him to at least come close to repeating his heroics this year. Despite being in a good position to retain the Yellow Jersey, Wiggins has a packed schedule.

Recently, the 32-year-old had suggested that he might compete in the Vuelta a Espana. What that could mean is Wiggins may focus a lot of his attention on that particular race having already done it on the biggest stage of all. This race is in September so Wiggins may use the Tour de France as a spring-board to work on his form.

Many believe that Wiggins is in with a reasonable chance of winning the Tour for a second year running. He’s 14/1 with Ladbrokes, though the favourite is Alberto Contador, while Chris Froome is also ahead of him in the betting. Cancellara is currently a ranked outsider at the moment you may start to see this change.

Froome Could Win

Chris Froome rides for the same team as Wiggins and will be a contender too. In March Wiggins was accused of “hiding” in the tour of Oman by fellow rider Vincenzo Nibali. After losing time on the first day he resided to helping and supporting Froome.

So far this year Froome has won the Tour of Oman and Criterium International overall, both of which he took a stage win. He also finished second overall in the Tirreno Adriatico again winning one of the mountain stages of the tour.

alberto_contadorAlberto Contador Favourite

Despite finishing behind Froome in the Tour of Oman and Tirreno-Adriatico Contador is the favourite for the Tour de France. He has won the tour twice, once in 2007 and once in 2009. He has also been at the centre of doping scandals both in 2006, when he and his team were associated with the Operacion Puerto doping case and again after the 2010 Tour de France when traces of clenbuterol were found in a urine sample that he gave.

Another tour on the cards

While male riders have the Tour de France to look forward to, what does the future hold for their female equivalents?

Leading rider Emma Pooley is the latest big name to suggest that women deserve their own Tour de France, not to mention a busier calendar.

A women’s race would make the whole event more inclusive and it would help to showcase the depth of talent in cycling as a whole. In the meantime, fans will have at least one race to look forward to this year, but if campaigners are successful, two could take place in 2014.

About the Author

With over ten year’s worth of experience in sports writing Mark now writes for Ladbrokes.com He specializes in football journalism but covers most sports.

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    Source http://indo11.com

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    Mancini tidak akan ambil risiko soal Sneijder

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Pelatih Galatasaray, Roberto Mancini mengaku akan menunggu sampai menit akhir untuk memutuskan apakah Wesley Sneijder sudah cukup fit untuk tampil menghadapi Real Madrid.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Galatasaray akan bertamu ke Santiago Bernabeu untuk laga matchday 5 Liga Champions, Kamis (28/11/2013) dinihari WIB. Untuk laga itu, Sneijder bisa jadi harus absen.

    “Sneijder tidak dalam kondisi 100%. Namun ia sudah berlatih dengan tim selama empat atau lima hari terakhir dan nanti kita akan memutuskan soal dirinya. Tapi yang penting kita tak bisa mengambil risiko dengan Wesley karena ia amat penting buat kami,” jelas Mancini.
    Sumber http://indo11.com

  • loraki

    Nigeria worries for matching with Mexico

    Agen Bola terpercaya
    indo11.com reported,Nigeria will stand on the
    tough match against Mexico in Friday’s final of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup
    in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).

    Nduka Ugbade, the assistant
    coach of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, said on Thursday that the final match will
    not be an easy one, especially because both countries would be meeting again.

    “The final will be the
    toughest match we’ll be playing, not just because it is the final match, but
    because we’ll be meeting the defending champions (Mexico), for the second time
    in the competition,” Nduka Ugbade said. as
    reported by Indo Eleven.

    He also showed that his team
    had already known the style of play of the Mexicans; the match will still not
    be an easy one for the West Africans.

    At the group stage earlier in
    the competition, Golden Eaglets defeated Mexico 6-1.

    The Golden Eaglets trashed
    Sweden 3-0 on Tuesday, to book a place in the final against Mexico.

    The 1985, 1993 and 2007
    editions of the tournament, Nigeria held the Champion and in 1987, 1995, 2001 and
    2009 Nigeria finished runners-up.

    Source http://
    indo11.com

  • henglida

    Inggris Bukan Unggulan Di Piala Dunia

    Berita pertandingan sepak bola terkini dari Agen bola terbaik indo11.com – Pelatih tim nasional Inggris,
    Roy Hodgson, menegaskan bahwa timnya bukan unggulan dalam Piala Dunia tahun
    depan. Hodgson menilai masih banyak tim lain yang lebih baik dibanding Inggris,
    serta menyoroti sulitnya tim-tim Eropa untuk menang di Amerika Selatan.

    Ia pun menyinggung nama-nama pemain yang hampir pasti dipanggilnya ke Brasil,
    serta menjadi tulang punggung tim dengan pengalaman yang mereka punya.

    Agen Juditerpercaya indo11.com – Hodgson baru akan mengumumkan
    skuad untuk Piala Dunia pada bulan Mei. Ia pun sadar akan dihadapkan pada
    sejumlah pilihan sulit, meski tak menganggapnya sebagai beban.

    Sumber http://indo11.com

  • channimol

    Raikkonen mengaku tidak akan kehilangan motivasi

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari

    Agen bola Indo11 – Kimi Raikkonen
    menegaskan kepindahannya ke Scuderia Ferrari musim depan tidak mengurangi
    motivasi untuk memenangkan seri tersisa musim ini bersama Lotus.

    Agen bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Sejak mengumumkan
    keputusannya pada pertengahan bulan September, Raikkonen memang kerap
    tertinggal dari rekan setimnya, Romain Grosjean. Namun ia membantah dirinya
    kehilangan motivasi untuk menang.

    “Mentalitas saya tidak pernah berubah, masih sama seperti awal musim ini.
    Kepindahan saya ke Ferrari tidak mengubah apapun. Saya masih ingin menang tahun
    ini. Saya selalu ingin berusaha sebaik mungkin. Saat ini saya tak tertarik
    memikirkan masa depan,” ujar Raikkonen.

    Sumber http://indo11.com

  • channimol

    Pedrosa ingin kembali meraih kemenangan di Australia

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari

    Agen bola Indo11 – Pembalap Repsol Honda,
    Dani Pedrosa mengaku sudah tak sabar menjalani balapan MotoGP Australia di
    Sirkuit Phillip Island akhir pekan ini.

    Agen bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Rider asal Spanyol
    ini sukses meraih kemenangan di Malaysia akhir pekan lalu dan bertekad meraih
    hasil yang sama di Australia.

    “Saya puas dengan performa kami di Malaysia, dan kini kami akan menghadapi
    balapan di Australia. Kami akan berusaha menyelesaikan musim ini dengan baik,”
    ujar Pedrosa.

    “Phillip Island sangat menyenangkan. Layout-nya membuat balapan menjadi
    menarik. Saya juga ingin menjajal aspal barunya. Hasil balap saya di sana naik
    turun, namun saya tidak sabar untuk tampil!” tegasnya.

    Sumber http://indo11.com

  • http://www.indo11.com/ Eko Dinda

    Marquez
    mengaku tidak senang walaupun start di baris terdepan,

    Berita
    terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Pembalap Honda
    Repsol Marc Marquez tidak sepenuhnya senang dengan start ketiga di MotoGP Republik
    Ceko. Sebab, Marquez merasa dirinya sebetulnya mampu untuk meraih pole
    position.

    Berita yang dirangkum oleh Agen Bola Indo11,
    pada sesi kualifikasi, Sabtu (24/8/2013), Marquez membukukan waktu terbaiknya 1
    menit 55,863. Catatan itu mengungguli rekan setimnya Dani Pedrosa di urutan
    keempat namun lebih lambat 0,336 dari Cal Crutchlow yang meraih pole.

    Ini merupakan start di grid terdepan kedelapan berturut-turut yang didapatkan
    oleh pebalap muda Spanyol itu. Akan tetapi, Marquez sedikit kecewa karena gagal
    memanfaatkan keuntungan terkait bannya.

    “Aku tidak sepenuhnya senang karena aku punya kepercayaan diri dan
    determinasi untuk bersaing meraih pole. Aku tak bisa memanfaatkan ban dengan
    baik karena ada deretan pebalap dan beberapa lainnya menuggu untuk masuk,”
    kata Marquez.

    “Terkait balapan, aku merasa percaya diri karena aku nyaman dengan motorku
    dan aku punya sebuah dasar yang bagus dan kecepatan pebalap. Jika balapan
    berlangsung kering, aku siap bersaing untuk merebut kemenangan.” tutupnya.

    Sumber : http://www.indo11.com/

  • Andreasratih

    Espanyol
    menekuk Valencia 3-1,

    Berita
    terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Pada pertandingan
    di Estadi Cornella El-Prat, Valencia kalah 1-3 di tangan tuan rumah Espanyol.
    Valencia sempat unggul lebih dulu lewat Helder Postiga di menit ke-10, namun
    Espanyol akhirnya membalikkan keadaan.

    Espanyol kemudian menyamakan kedudukan di menit ke-31 lewat sundulan David
    Lopez. Christian Tuani kemudian membalikkan keadaan menjadi 2-1 pada menit
    ke-47. Valencia pun kesulitan untuk menyamakan kedudukan kendati tampil relatif
    lebih dominan. Pada menit ke-89, Thievy membuat Espanyol melengkapi kemenangan
    menjadi 3-1. Tendangan kaki kirinya menarah ke pojok kiri atas gawang yang
    dikawal Diego Alves.

    Berita yang dirangkum oleh Agen Bola Indo11,
    hasil ini membuat Valencia turun ke posisi 10 dengan nilai 3. Sementara
    Espanyol naik ke posisi kedua dengan nilai 4.

    Sumber : http://www.indo11.com/

  • Ryan

    Why is Fabian Cancellara being mentioned as a potential winner? He is a time trialist and a one day classics rider. He cannot climb, he will be riding the tour to win stages and help Andy Schleck win. He is definitely an imposing rider but i just can’t understand how anybody with any knowledge of cycling could consider him a legitimate contender

    • Garth

      Agreed. Cancellara is not even a top 10 contender. I can’t see past froome or contador. In my eyes the real question mark is who will fill that third spot. So many riders to look at. Quintana is polling surprisingly well in the book makers eyes but my money is on Nibali to back up from a very impressive Giro. I’ll be gunning for Cadel though!

  • http://twitter.com/AsylumCycles Asylum Cycles

    Froome’s got this race in the bag. His form right now is scary. Barring an injury, we think that he’ll be in Yellow in Paris. We also take Wiggins at his word that he’ll be racing for the Giro and Vuelta. Wiggins is a man for image.

    Being the first Brit to win the Vuelta, the Giro, not to mention having the Tour in tow, would be much more significant, in his worldview, than getting his second tour win. He’s at an interesting junction as he’s not getting any younger, he’s super strong, but he has Froome in the same stable. That relationship probably won’t work after this year.

    Regarding other contenders, Contador can’t be counted out, but he’s just not the same rider post-doping ban. As much as we hate to say it, Cadel’s entering the twilight of his career. Van Garderen is an exciting young rider, but he lacks the experience to pull it off in the face of Sky. Nibali can’t stand up to the time-trials.

    Well, that’s our opinion at least.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Sounds good to me. It’s going to be interesting to come back to the comments from this post once the Tour is completed so see who called it.

  • JD

    I don’t know who will win, but I can’t wait to watch the 100th anniversary.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I’m with you, JD.

  • Tim Starry

    yawn

  • http://www.facebook.com/m.beaky73 Mark Beaconsfield

    Contador is a big threat, but I would love to see Cadel Evans win again. (Yes, I am biased towards the Aussies). Unfortunately, Evans’ form has not been so great lately. With the real possibilty that he will ride Giro d’Italia, do you think he will use the race as preperation for the TdF or concentrate on winning Giro?

    • Ed

      I like Evans but I don’t think he’s at the level he was when he won the tdf. I think its time for another Aussie ride to make their way to the front.

      • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

        I agree, Ed. I like Evans but just don’t see him rising to the top again.

  • B Romane

    My money is on Contador this year.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      You can never rule out Contador, can you?

  • Roger

    This is a good overview of what is to come this summer. Like every year, it can be anyone’s race. At this point last year not many people would have predicted Wiggins to win and definitely would not have thought Froome would perform so well. My thoughts are that Wiggins will repeat or come very close.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Roger. I can’t wait to see how things will play out this Summer.

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