In Europe its gone pretty quiet on the sports front. Most major leagues are finished, the U21 tournament came to a close and we only have the confederation cup to watch – even if Italy v Japan was a reasonably exciting game. Our thirst for sport is not fulfilled, we the avid fan have not had our fill of competitive prowess. Looking for more? We would suggest watching the Dour de France this year.
Whilst there has been some negative press about cycling this year, with Lance Armstrong coming lean about former doping allegations, there are nevertheless some of the finest athletes in the world, competing in one of the hardest tournaments in the world; which is celebrating its 100th birthday. Kicking off June 29th and coming to a close on July 21st as always it promises to be packed with thrill and excitement from start to finish.
This year there is a fine balance of mountain stages, flat, sprint and three time trial stages. The event organisers have planned something that aims to inspire and challenge the most talented cyclists in the world.
Former British cycling champion Bradley Wiggins will not make the event due to sickness and lack of training, so it will be down to the other teammates from Team Sky to hold the fort with Chris Froome the new Sky Leader.
Contador as always looks strong and threatening as ever, back from a ban last year he is looking to take the crown of cycling and work the magic for the Saxo Tinkoff boys. It can’t go without saying that Cadel Evans as always poses a threat as does Garderen so it will be interesting to see how the three weeks play out and in the favour of which style cyclist.
We are excited about the tour this year, with it being the centenary edition as well as cycling making a new name for itself following doping allegations. This is going to be a challenging and thrilling ride and should definitely help fill the sporting void, that is at least until we can watch some decent football! – Lisa Perkins