Tour de France 2013

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20/06/2013 at 08:13

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Hopefully that saves the moaning we get every year....

Sooooooo is it in the bag for Froome?

I'm going for Froome/Evans/Porte as the top three, with Sagan just beating Cav for the green and Voeckler for the KOM.

20/06/2013 at 08:44

Im off to the bookies. What odds can i get for liking all that? thanks for the tip.

20/06/2013 at 09:34

I don't know - look how the expectations on Wiggo for the Giro turned out!

The British have a knack of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, especially when expectations are high.

I haven't a clue who else might do it, though!

20/06/2013 at 10:17

Good point Wilkie, but remember Froome isn't 'British' per sea!!  Born in Kenya and brought up in South Africa so should have more about him, if you know what I mean.  Plus the 'team' around him is pretty bloody good and not too many Brits in it either!!  

 

Edited: 20/06/2013 at 10:17
The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/06/2013 at 11:41

Contador not racing then Mr Foo

 

20/06/2013 at 11:55

I want Froome to win and think he's on redhot form, but with Fuentes getting out of jail free and Contador "under the weather" at the Dauphine, I reckon Bertie is going to the Tour with more refrigerated blood than a thirsty vampire.

I can't believe all the arguements about Froome not being British.  So what if he was born in Kenya, grew up in South Africa and lives in Monaco.  He's as British as Leanda Cave.  He's as British as Andy Murray is until he gets knocked out of Wimbledon.

 

FoC
20/06/2013 at 12:11

As TG says above, the BS on Froome not being British is an unnecessary distraction which seems to have passed the likes of Wiggins (born in Belgium) and Millar (born in Malta) by.

Back on Topic.  I'm thinking Froome for the win with Cav taking the Green.  As for the KOM jumper - probably Voeckler?

 

20/06/2013 at 12:22

What about the key stages?

There's no prologue this year, so Cav has the chance of yellow on Stage 1.

Team Time Trial round Nice is on the 2nd July, Ventoux is on the 14th July (Voeckler will be trying for the win on Bastille Day) and the Double Alpe D'Huez stage is on 18th July.

There is a mountainous TT on 17th July, but no Saturday before Paris TT - it's a pretty hilly stage with a climb to finish.

Not relevant now, but a Tour aimed at Wiggins not winning.  Suits Froome and Contador rather than Evans too.

20/06/2013 at 14:30
Timmy_G wrote (see)

.. more refrigerated blood than a thirsty vampire.

 

I like that!  But can you rely enough on Contador not getting caught, again, to be in your team?  

 

Edited: 20/06/2013 at 14:30
20/06/2013 at 14:46

Contador has already been caught in Operation Puerto, but Spain conveniently lost the evidence...

20/06/2013 at 20:22
The Silent Assassin wrote (see)

Contador not racing then Mr Foo

 

 

He is but I just don't see him getting top three...plus what TT I have seen from him has been poor and think the others knows his game of loads of attacks and the Sky way of clawing it back seems to counter it well.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
21/06/2013 at 11:54

I think Bertie is keeping his powder dry for the tour

Whatever happens its going to be exiciting

 Sagan looks a good bet for the Green as he should pick up more points for intermediate sprints than Cav, still expect Cav to win a couple of stages and know they are targeting the first stage for him

 

Edited: 21/06/2013 at 11:56
21/06/2013 at 13:35

No more TdF for Sir Brad?  I sincerely hope not.  Fingers crossed for Froome-dog but it's by no means a shoo-in, unless there's time to replace his skeleton with one of adamantium.

21/06/2013 at 20:02

He's 33, always been a difficult character who needs telling he's the best all the time, isn't the best in the high mountains and needs a whole team around him.

He said himself after the Tour and Olympic double, it would be hard to top and get the motivation again.

I think he will target the world TT and then with Froome looking set for years as the Sky number 1, I can see Wiggins leaving Sky and having one more crack at the tour with (if they can get over there differences) Garmin.

22/06/2013 at 15:23

Jens Voight... "Right now, I think it will be Froome, Contador and Van Garderen. I might end up looking like a prophet, or I may end up looking like a fool - but that is my podium."  
So says a man who has been on 16 Tours.  One of the hardest men in the Peleton.  Hard to argue against him, I think!  

TheEngineer    pirate
22/06/2013 at 17:43

Where is the Fantasy link/deets then? 

22/06/2013 at 18:30

Over in the Clubhouse thread Dan, Bet you have worked out some calculation to win this years fantasy league as well haven't you.

Sad times, no Renshaw, Eisel or Thor in this years teams.

22/06/2013 at 18:58

League code for Velogames.... 15203047

There you go

OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
23/06/2013 at 00:28

froom to win despite contador trying to kick him in the hills, but froom dog surviving.....

sagan to kick cav on points, but more stage wins to cav.

KOM is a lottery.....

way more interesting to the velogamers are the top 10 GCs and trying to pick out the climbers who will get a stage win or so.... 

loving it and its still 2 weeks out!

OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
23/06/2013 at 00:30

oh and loving velocast.cc premium shows....

top podcasting 

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