The world’s greatest cycling event, the Tour de France, will begin tomorrow and the favourite to prevail the winner would be Chris Froome. Richie Porte has the difficult task of keeping the favourite, who races for Team Sky, out of trouble and keeping him fit. As everyone knows, the Tour de France is one of, if not the toughest sports events ever as it consists of cycling from Porto to Paris, therefore it would be extremely difficult to keep up a good pace and stay fully fit the whole time.
The Tour de France in made up of 21 stages this year where the riders face different challenges such as a personal time trial, a team time trial, stages riding in the mountains and a few summit finishes. Chris Froome is the favourite and hopes that he can become the second Briton to win the Tour de France after Sir Bradley Wiggins historically won the race to become the first Brit to do so. However, Froome will not smoothly ride his way through the finish line, he will have tough competition from Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans and Alejandro Valverde.
Whilst Chris Froome hopes to become the first to finish the Tour de France, fellow Briton Mark Cavendish, hopes to capture the green jersey for getting the most points on the board throughout the race. Cavendish will be a good competitor as he has won the last four sprints on the Champs Elysees as has a good chance of winning any of the four jerseys. The four jerseys up for grabs are the yellow jersey (based on time), the green jersey (most points), polka dot jersey (best climber) and the white jersey (best rider under 25 years old).
Richie Porte commented on the first three stages in the opening week of the Tour de France, “The first week is always nervous, but especially so here. It will be the age-old adage of ‘Stay at the front, stay out of trouble’. All the General Classification teams are going to be at the front and all the sprinter teams are going to be at the front, so it is going to be nice to watch on television. We ride at the front, we’ve done it on almost every stage for the last two years. If we can come in with the same mentality hopefully we’ll get through unscathed.”
Porte has believed that Team Sky will miss last year’s winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, but they still have a good team that will cope with the climbing very well. “Last year we were good in the climbs but this year we are better. Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh are climbing really well. You can’t replace Brad Wiggins but other guys will step up like Christian Knees did last year.” This year’s Tour de France will be one to watch.
Author Daniel Foster.
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