Skip to comments.The 4 riders who have a legit shot at winning the Tour de France
Posted on 06/30/2017 5:24:21 PM PDT by Baynative
On Saturday, 198 of the world's best cyclists will start the Tour de France. Only four have a realistic shot at winning.
That's according to the highest-ranked American bike racer at the Tour, Andrew Talansky, in a recent interview with Business Insider.
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Here's a quick look at where those four men stand heading into Saturday's start in Düsseldorf.
Is there a ping list for this years tour?
I think we can forget Contador; anything he can do, Quintana can do better...between Froome and Porte, I’d take Porte; I say he wins it all...
Welcome to the peloton.
it would scare the crap out of me to try and ride in the peloton...
Porte has been in top form throughout June. If he didn’t peak too early, he could definitely be the man. I think he has a good shot last year but stuck to his role as a support player knowing his time was coming.
Thanks, Baynative. Should be a fun Tour. Maybe Froomie won’t dominate this year.
Porte has been in top form throughout June.
indeed; it’s his time, assuming he stays healthy...last year, he was dogged by bad luck; he lost two minutes to a flat tire, and he crashed into a stopped car (Froome did as well)...he won the Tour down Under this year, finished second the in the Criterium, he’s on a roll...
and oh yeah...go Talansky; take a stage win...
Please add me to the ping list. This old masters class amateur still has fond memories...
It's not as hectic as it looks. Most of the time it's a lot like dancing, everyone tends to keep their lines and move with one another. But it's much different story in the last 200 yards where fighting for lanes combined with lead out men trying to get out of the way as their sprinters go for the line leads to pure chaos.
Perhaps I'll give it a try this season again.
Grab a wheel and join the fun. We have a bunch of former amateur competitions joining in during the tour. I pounded out a lot of “masters miles” for years on the west coast. -—Living the leisure life in the Idaho Redoubt, now.
Is Lance Armstrong riding this year? :)
Raced with the old California Pedaler out of Pleasanton, Ca back in the day. Rode a silver-brazed Columbus tubed Bottecchia for crits (all you had to do was think about turning and you were there), and a Roland Della Santa for road races. Fun times. Been in North Idaho for 17 years.
Dang. That’s better than NASCAR. :)
Like every Tour de Pharmacy from 1981 onward, it will be won by whichever rider dopes best without getting caught or killing himself in the process.
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