Welcome back cycling sport fans to the annual follow along thread of premier grand tour, Le Tour de France, 2021 edition.
Looks like the subtitle of this year’s tour can fairly be named ‘Tour de Slovénie’. It’s Pogacar vs. Roglic, vs. everybody else. I think it’s Pogacar’s to lose but it’s always fun to speculate and be wrong.
Certainly Ineos came to play and they have a very strong group of climbers this year. If they don’t lose too much time on the flat stages, they may very well win the team competition and have someone on the podium.
Sagan (BORA) is in fighting shape and will always be a treat to watch.
Welcome back to Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step). I don’t see him making a huge impact but you never know. If he stays upright and away from Sagan, he may just be in good standing for the maillot vert.
I gotta give a shout out to the old man of the tour and always someone I root for, Alexandro Valverde (MovieStar). The guy is a hero and I can’t believe he still has the legs for this.
So many other greats that have at least one good day in them with a top finish. I don’t think Froome is among them but it will be interesting to see how little his name is mentioned day to day. Not to diminish in any way how massive of an achievement it is just to be on a TdF team. It just goes to show how great you have to be to stand out in this field. More so if you’ve been a sometime winner.
Anyway, could go on but I’m sure I’ll mostly be wrong and will miss some obvious names that you all think are the much more notable and likely to do very well.
So without further ado…