Friday, June 29, 2012

2012 Tour de France Preview - Prologue


The 2012 edition of the Tour de France brings back the prologue after a one year absence and the man to watch will be Fabian Cancellara who won the last Tour prologue in 2010. Tomorrow's 6.4km circuit favors the Swiss Champion that won on this exact course in 2004. With only 5 turns this circuit is not very technical and will favor a rider who is willing to take some risks on the first day. For that reason, don't expect any of the overall contenders, Wiggins, Evans, Nibali, et al., to rip through the corners to try for the wind. Prudence is key. "Sparticus", as Cancellara is known, hasn't had a terrific year and I'm sure he is very much focused on making a statement that he is still one to contend with. He's worn the Yellow jersey before and expect it to be on his shoulders when the Tour starts its short tour of the Ardennes the following day for Stage 1. Look for the man who once accused of having a motor in his bicycle to power through for the win.

  •  Toni Martin might be the one to 'put it out there' as the German rider has shown he can win a Time Trial of almost any length.
  • Bradley Wiggins just might want to see if his fellow contenders are ready to race and start the over 100km of total time trials in this year's Tour as the man to beat.
  • Peter Sagan is as strong as they come, but still relatively unknown outside of cyling circles and may want to announce his arrival to the big time with a prologue win.
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