2012 Tour de France - A Weeklong Wiggins Coronation
Roadcycling.com's Tour de France analysis continues. We can now officially begin the countdown to the 2013 Tour de France.
Wiggins showed in stage 7 that he was one of the top climbers and in the time trial he had no equal.
While the course for the 2013 Tour de France hasn't been made public yet, I can already predict excitement. Alberto Contador returns from his suspension and he'll be looking for revenge. Contador's style of climbing is explosive in contrast to Wiggins who sets a steady tempo - rarely rising from the saddle to accelerate. The battle next year will be between these two.
Of course there are others to challenge for the yellow jersey. Van Garderen must be given some opportunity to shine at BMC and he could be part of a one-two punch next year with Cadel. Andy Schleck returns to the Tour de France - maybe? Honestly I have no idea what is going on with the Schlecks. Big brother Frank is facing a suspension and Andy's current team is a managerial mess with accusations of late paychecks and a director facing a lifetime ban from the sport. Don't forget Jurgen Van Den Broeck of Lotto-Belisol. He'll be a year older and wiser. The 100th year anniversary of the Tour de France is shaping up to be a classic. Now all we have to do is wait a year.
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