Tour de France Course Report and Prediction
The organizers of the Tour de France seem to have cottoned on to the formula that their counterparts of the Tours of Italy and Spain have settled on to make their races more competitive and interesting.
fell out of his car cheering Pinot on. He finished second to van Garderen in the best young rider competition, and because he will be the leader of Francaise des Jeux, Pinot will be free to make his own moves. The Francaise des Jeux man is less well-rounded than the American, and time trialing is not his strength. That lack of proficiency will keep him from moving up on GC, although he might win the best young rider competition.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will make his Tour de France debut in 2013. He has shown amazing potential by taking the queen stage of the Tour of the Basque Country en route to overall victory. Moreover, the Colombian finished second to world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in the race’s final time trial. He will be working for Valverde, however, and that will limit his options. However, riding for Valverde will give Quintana the opportunity to learn and to prepare himself for future editions of the Tour.
Since winning the 2011 Giro d’Italia, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has had nothing but bad luck. The Canadian crashed out of last year’s Tour, abandoned this year’s Giro because of illness, and crashed out of the 2013 Tour de Suisse. Because Hesjedal has abandoned races that he was using to prepare for the Tour, his fitness might be suspect. At his best, he is a very good climber and a good time trialist. If he can regain the form that won him last year’s Giro d'Italia, he might make an strong impact on the race.
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