It's Tour de France time
This time of year means two things: Doping accusations and Tour de France predictions.
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But let’s circle back to Jalabert. After he retired he became the French national coach and is a commentator for French television. Both of these positions have a level of implied trust that must be upheld. You can’t have a coach in that position. Once again I’m surprised that he was even awarded the position of national coach. But really I shouldn’t be. Those were the wild days of organized doping and thinking these dirty secrets would always be safe.
Instead these are the days when fifteen year old pee is uncorked like a wine and run through the spectrometer by your country’s anti-doping agency. The chickens have indeed come home to roost.
Let’s move on to last minute Tour de France predictions...
Any cycling journalist worth his salt is making Tour de France predictions so here are my predictions for the 2013 Tour de France.
This year’s main contenders for the overall win in the Tour de France are without a doubt Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). My pick for the overall honors is the Spaniard. Sure he had a crappy time trial at the Dauphine, but I think he’s corrected his mistakes and will be on top form in the Tour de France in June and July. Froome will give him a run for his Euros, but will have to be satisfied with the runner up spot.
In any breakaway the winner will always be the rider with the aero road helmet. Giro, Specialized, Lazer, Scott and Kask (Did I miss anyone?) all produce aero lids and expect to see them used in full force. If you’re one of those people who say these new helmets are terribly awful and you wouldn’t be caught dead in one I have some words of advice - get over it. We’re aero, we’re proud, we’re here to stay. Expect to see local master racers sporting one at a race near you.
If a rider is wearing an aero helmet and road skinsuit/speedsuit then take every dime (or euro) you have and bet on them to win.
Mark Cavendish will blame someone for poor sprinting skills and drop an “F-bomb” on live TV. He will still win several stages and continue to “F-bomb” post-race interviews out of pure joy.
A random French rider will finish the Tour de France in fifth place. I don’t know who, that’s why they’re random - duh! A random French rider will win on Bastille Day. He will become emotional due to winning on this important French national holiday and will be held tenderly by his French director as he sobs into his shoulder. Americans will snicker at this display of emotion.
This will be a boring Tour de France with Team Sky keeping control of the peloton until Contador attacks on the last climb of each mountain stage. Game, set, match.
Wimbledon will preempt the Tour de France when it comes to television time.
Final prediction - I will be incredibly snarky during most of the Tour.