With the Dauphine over and the Tour de Suisse coming to and end, we’re really getting a view of the kind of form all the top riders are in. Here is a look at eight of the riders I see doing really well at the Tour this year.
Contador was on amazing form in the Giro, winning by an enormous margin of Michele Scarponi. The question is, was the month of June enough time to rest and rebuild his form for the Tour. The last man to pull the Giro-Tour double was Marco Pantani and its not clear whether he was “clean” or not. Now, Contador has the same issues right now but, not from this year. So, if he can carry over some form from the Giro and get some rest, he’s definitely a pick for the top spot on the Podium.
Everyone knows Andy is tired of being second and he’s out for revenge from last year. Based on the form he is showing in the Tour De Suisse, I’m not convinced he is where he was last year. He could be holding back but, he was dropped today and couldn’t catch up for the stage win. There could be a lot of factors to this performance but, regardless, he’s not showing the form he had last year. If he can pull it together, he could win but, the long time trial guarantees time loss for him so, he needs to go into it with the yellow jersey. If there was a Tour for him to win, this would be the one.
Cadel has been showing really good form all year. He recently finished second in the Dauphine. If he can build just a bit on the form he was showing this month, he shouldn’t have any problems getting to the podium barring some bad luck. In the past, he hasn’t had luck on his side but, we will have to wait and see.
Sammy Sanchez showed good form earlier in the year but, wasn’t looking too hot in the Dauphine. Hopefully he can get back to the form he had last year in the Tour because, he is a very strong rider. He’s also a strong pick for the podium if he can get all his preparation done.
Basso is another rider who is either not on good for or is hiding it. As he showed in last years Giro, he is a very strong contender. I think that, if he is on the same form that he had then, he is a definite pick for the podium, if not the overall. He’s a great climber and he can hold his own in a time trial, not usually losing too much time.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck
Van Den Broeck looked very impressive in the Dauphine. One stage win and fourth overall really has him as a threat for the podium. No one expected him to do what he did last year and, in my opinion, he looks better this year so, I think he will be one to watch.
Wiggo has never looked this good. He never looked like he was in too much difficulty in the mountains during his phenomenal performance at the Dauphine, in which he took the overall. He also seems to have a strong team around him so I see him making the top 5 for sure.
Vino has always been pretty strong but, more recently, i see him as some one who can do well in the overall but, not win it. He’s will definitely going to go for a stage win and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the top 10 but, I don’t see him making it onto the podium. I hope he can prove me wrong.
Of course, one of the biggest factors in winning the Tour is luck so we’ll have to watch it day by day. Also, it may not be a positive thing to be on the best form because the mountains of the Tour are still a month away. Regardless of who’s on form, its going to be an exciting one!