Only 3,430Km separate the competitors from the winner’s jersey in this years Tour De France, a breeze compared to the whopping 5,745Km over which the race was fought in 1926. The stage is set for the drama, surprises, heroes, villins and, off course controversy, that will be played out over the coming 21 stages of this years tour.
Starting in the cycling heartland of Brittany, the first week includes some hilltop finishes before heading to the peaks of the Pyrenees. For only the second time since 1967 he race starts with a road stage rather than a prologue or time trial. Moving into the second week and heading towards the Apls the stages take in some gruelnig climbs suiting the better climber in the pack.
Of the British challenge, Bradley Wiggins surely leads the way as a strong contender after being accused of underachieving last year he is reputed to be relaxing and in good form. Similarly Mark Cavendish said he feels really good right now and will hope to match his five stage podium finishes last year. Sadly Alberto Contador is still hanging in the balance waiting to hear the verdict as to whether or not he faces a ban after testing positive for a banned substance last year.
The sateg is now set and over the coming weeks I will be giving a short daily summary as the drama unfolds. I hope you will enjoy reading it and enjoy the Tour.