2 days to go to Stage 1 of TdF2013. Will the the newly crowned British Champion swap red, white and blue for yellow in Corsica? Will BMC's alleged shock and awe tactics derail Sky, and if it does what will SaxoTinkoff do? Is the polkadot France bound with Tommy V for a 2nd year? Who knows. However, the one think I do know is that it wont be as easy as some people thing for Froome-dog. How can it be, have you seen the route? Stage finishes at the top of Ax 3 Domaines, Mont Ventoux, Alpe D'Huez and Annecy-Semnoz. If someone doesnt shout - or more like gasp - "Vous êtes des assassins! Oui, des assassins!' a la Octave Lapize I will be surprised. Couple that with 2 quite hilly Individual Time Trials and you have arguably one of the most difficult tours for a while.
My prediction for what its worth, well Yellow I cant honestly see past Chris Froome, although I think Ryder might be on a mission to make up for a disappointing Giro. I think there just arent enough 'flat' stages for Cav to take green so Im going to go out on a limb and predict Rodriguez to take the 'Maillot Vert'. Polkadot.....Is it s stretch to think maybe Cunego? And the best young rider Movistars, Nairo Quintana. Lets see just how wrong I will be.
Anyway, the next 2 weekends see me doing 2 2 day events, this weekend the Hardy 2 Day in Dorset, and next weekend the Surrey League Sussex 2 Day around Eastborne. Looking forward to it, as its makes a change from the many crits I've been to recently with the Milk Race and Tour Series.