Tour de France 2014
This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Cycling’s Coming Home
Who needs football hey? What World Cup? True connoisseurs of sport know that the big one is yet to begin. Messi, Robben and co? Nancy boys I tell you. And not only do we English have the favourite Chris Froome, but the famous old race is starting in Yorkshire. We win it. We host it. Take that FIFA. Take that Blatter.
But who wins? Well as any cycling maven will tell you, the first place to start when examining the form is the Critérium du Dauphiné where the battle between Froome and TdF second favourite Alberto Contador, has been epic.
Questions about both men ahead of the Tour remain to be answered however. Is Froome fully fit? How will both fare without their wing-men; Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky and Roman Kreuziger from Tinkoff-Saxo. And then of course, there is the potential for carnage at every tour race – pile-ups, police raids and the like. In truth, it won’t be until Stage 10’s climb to La Planche Des Belles Filles that we get any clear indication of the most likely destination for the Yellow Jersey.
Elsewhere in the field, it is hard to see how the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Talansky, Tejay Van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde can be seriously considered as outright winners, given Froome and Contador have consistently monstered them in every department this year.
All of which leaves Andrew Talansky, who has the Garmin-Sharp team built around him, and whilst he’s unlikely to be able to trouble Contador and Froome for top honours, he’s value at 7.0 for a top 3 finish with our very good friends at betfair.