2014 Tour de France Preview and Predictions
The parcours of the 2014 Tour de France favors climbers.
finished 11 th in his first Tour in 2013, and he has impressed this season, with victories at Strade Bianche, the prologue at the Tour de Romandie, and the Polish national time trial championship, as well as high finishes at the Tour of the Basque Country, La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the Amstel Gold Race. The Pole is still developing, but he is an all rounder with a world of potential, and he is likely to improve on last year’s Tour result.
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) is a promising rider who won a stage and finished 10 th in his Tour debut in 2012. Last year, a fear of descending overtook him, and he abandoned the race. This season, the Frenchman has finished ninth in the Tour of the Basque Country and 10 th in the Tour de Romandie. Pinot has potential, but he is not a good time trialist. In addition, the pressure of leading a team might be too much for him. Only time will tell, but if the FDJ.fr man can rediscover his 2012 form and mindset, then he will be a force to be reckoned with—if not so much in 2014, then in the future.
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