The one time of year when we actually sacrifice going out on the bike for watching a TV screen or monitor, Le Tour de France is coming soon!
So, why do we all love the three weeks of the Tour de France so much?
Will anything out of the ordinary happen this year similar to seeing Chris Froome running up a mountain in 2016, or the Sagan and Cavendish drama in 2017?
This year, the TDF will run from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th, the 105th Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and will cover a huge total distance of 3,351km!
Just in case you aren't aware of what each colour means, the riders will be competing for the following jerseys:
The yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the general classification.
The green jersey is worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded for intermediate sprints and at the finish of each stage.
The red polka dot jersey is worn by the best climber in general classification. Points are awarded at the top of every categorised climb.
The white jersey is worn by the best young rider under the age of 26 in the general classification.
Vincenzo Nibali is expected to be Chris Froome's top challenger for the overall title at the 2018 Tour de France. But obviously there are other contenders, such as Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin, and Romain Bardet, alongside a host of dark horses. Check out the official (bookies) favourites below:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet, Vincenzo Nibali, Jakob Fuglsang
⭐⭐⭐ Rigoberto Uran, Adam Yates, Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa
⭐⭐ Fabio Aru, Bauke Mollema, Ilnur Zakarin, Daniel Martin, Rafal Majka
⭐ Geraint Thomas, Domenico Pozzovivo, Steven Kruijswijk, Alejandro Valverde
Richie Porte for overall, Gaviria for sprinters jersey.
"Really excited for stage 9 with cobbled sections and stage 17 because it's only 65k and it's all uphill"
Romain Bardet for the overall, Sagan in Green.
"Very tough race this year with the cross-winds and cobbles of northern France before new challenges on the gravel roads of the Plateau des Glières in the Alps and Col de Portet in the Pyrénées along with old classics like Alpe d'Huez!"
Froome for the overall, Michael Matthews in Green.
"Looking forward to the 35km Team Time Trial on stage 3 as it has been three years since a TTT has been part of the Tour, BMC are favourites to win this stage. The 31km hilly Individual Time Trial will be exciting on the penultimate stage which will be decisive in shaking up the overall General Classification results."
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