Tour de France 2013
This entry was posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Remember the end of June 2012? A time when the London Olympics was associated with failed ticketing success, anger over private car lanes and when Greg Rutherford could walk down the street without being mobbed. Well, anyway… it was also a time when Bradley Wiggins was yet to embark on the first leg of an extraordinary double that would see him win the really big one – the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The 2012 Tour de France (and a bit of Belgium and Switzerland for the pedants) started in Liege on June 30th and ended on the 22nd July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris with success for the Leighton Baines lookalike. In fact, the British success extended beyond Wiggins, with Chris Froome’s second place ensuring it was the first time two British riders finished in the top three of the general classification.
In the build up to the 2012 Tour Wiggins had been promoted to third in the 2009 Tour after Lance Armstrong’s ‘achievements’ were banished from the history books, but by stage 7, it already looked like it could be the year for Wiggins. Having started brilliantly with second place on the stage one prologue, he was in the lead by the first mountainous stage (seven) which was won by fellow Brit – Chris Froome.
None of his rivals got that close to catching him from that point onwards, in fact only the Italian Nibali, who we successfully tipped up last year at 15/4 (http://www.oggs.com/oggsblog/the-2012-tour-de-france-with-a-bit-of-belgium-and-switzerland-thrown-in/) as being a good shout for a top three spot could stay close to the British duo.
Wiggins was our overall tip last year at 2.68, but with injury ruling him out, the baton of success can be handed over to the 2012 runner up – Chris Froome. The course, which is more brutal than ever this year, suits his strengths with five hilly stages and six mountain stages (with four summit finishes). There’s a price of 1.8 around if you’re quick.