Tour de France: The Great 5

Odds & News | AL ( Wed 11th, July 2012 )

June 30th was the beginning of the long course known as the Tour de France 2012.

Right now, 198 competitors ride to claim the Parisian trophy and be declared as the best of the world. A test of endurance and wits, the Tour has been a tradition since 1903 and one of the major sports events held every year and witnessed by the whole planet. During the first week, the valiant riders have cross the roads of France in on flat terrain divided by 9 stages, starting the 10th stage; they now face a greater challenge, the mountain roads. These are the great 5 riders who have excelled in the previous stages, but could they take overcome this new task? Let's have a look.

Frank Schleck finished last year in the top three with his brother Andy. But this year has not been so kind with him, Right now he is eight minutes behind and with no partner to support him because a broken bone in the pelvis who forced him out of this year tour. He may be in the hunt of something to be recognized and be proud of. Maybe a stage winning within the top ten will give him some pride boost.

Denis Menchov move quite unnoticed and quietly keeps the fifth place. Not for nothing is he called the silent assassin. Menchov is one of the favorites to finish at the champions podium at Paris this year; after all, he has been there twice. During the seventh stage, he gave a demonstration of what he is capable of doing when dealing with top contenders, so expect him to come out from the shadows in a suddenly and brutal run.

At the beginning of the race, Vincenzo Nibali made a state that he doesn't fear Wiggins and that has some respect for Evans. His word will be put at the test at the mountain stage to show us that these are not just simple words of thrash talking. Niballi has the methods and skills to win a mountain stage and prove that he can be a winner in France just as he did on the 2012 Vuelta a España and make of his name one of the greatest on this third try at the tour de France.

Cadel Evans just needs to win a couple of stages or two in the mountains course to repeat his success as the 2011 Tour de France previous champion. The defending champion is behind Wiggins by one minute and 53 seconds, time lost during the previous stage nine trials. If he can recover his time lost, then he should reach the top at these mountains ahead of Wiggins before getting in Paris; a feat that he must endure on his own since his current team is not at the height of his former Team Sky.

Bradley Wiggins now held the yellow jersey, and leading the 2012 Tour de France. Wiggins is ahead of Evans by 1 minute and 53 seconds and is determined to make that gap even more extensive. To enhance this, he will need the help of Chris Froome to do so; with his assistance, Wiggins can focus on repel and counter all attacks made by Evans. If he plays his cards carefully, he only will need to hunt the riders ahead of him and pass them easily on his way to win the stage.

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