Tour de France 2013

June 28th, 2013

tdf2013Regular readers of this blog will know that I love cycling and in particular the Tour de France. Every year I look forward to it and do my best to stay up every night to watch it.

This year I think it is hard to go past Chris Froome and Team Sky. Froome finished second to Bradley Wiggins last year and has been in good form so far this year. If he gets through without any crashes he will be on the top step of the podium I think.

Other notables are Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans. Both have had low key build ups, but Evans had a third place in the Giro d’ Italia earlier this year. If it all falls into place he could finish on the podium again.

Another outside chance for the podium might also be Cadel Evans BMC team mate Tejay Van Garderen. He was in good form in last years race finishing 5th. If anything happens to Cadel, his team can shift focus to helping him.

The stage I am looking forward to most is stage 18. The riders go up the famous Alpe d’Huez’s 21 hairpins not once, but twice. That will be pure carnage I think. I will be glued to the TV that night!

Anyway, here are some stats for this years race…

Total race distance: 3360 km, divided up into:

  • 21 stages (longest, 248km, shortest 25km)
  • seven flat stages
  • five hilly stages
  • six mountain stages with 4 summit finishes
  • two individual time trial stages
  • one team time trial stage
  • two rest days

They will be contested by 22 teams of nine riders, who each day, those cyclists will burn 6,000-7,000 calories.

I am getting excited! Bring it on. Go Cadel and go GreenEdge racing.

God Bless,

Dave

 
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