Anyone with a real passion for a sport can tell you how things progress from laying back on the sofa and enjoying a game, match or race on TV, to yelling and waving banners around in tribunes. The enthusiasm of the competition is intoxicating and it goes double when we are talking about an event with a long tradition, with international participation and with incredibly high stakes (much like the ever popular online casino games). Like the Tour de France, for example! Cycling per se is fun, practical and a great form of exercise for everyday life. But add performance, a special setting and a prestigious award to the mix, and you get the recipe for an event everyone will watch breathlessly.
Here Are This Year’s Top 6 Favourites
Chris Froome is a British professional cyclist. He was born in 1985 in Kenya, a country for which he competed up until 2008. His height is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and he weighs 149 lbs. (67.5 kg). It is important to mention that he is three-times winner of the general classification Tour de France, in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He will be competing again this year, defending his 2016 title. As you could expect, he has the best odds to win the competition, according to those who like to track such performances.
Colombian Nairo Quintana is another favourite of the race. He is a member of the Movistar Team and he has the nickname “Nairoman”. His cycling performances within the Tour de France include having come in second in 2013 and 2015. Other personal bests consist in winning the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. He is the main contender to Froome’s title and someone to keep your eyes on during the big race.
Alberto Contador is a Spanish professional cyclist, competing for team Trek-Segafredo. He won the Tour de France in 2007 and in 2009 as part of team Discovery Channel. Since then, he won the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a Espana, the 2012 and 2014 Vuelta a Espana and the 2015 Giro d’Italia. Two titles from his portfolio have been withdrawn after doping accusations which also led to a suspension. The 2010 Tour de France was among them. Given his performance and the fact that this will be his last Tour de France, you can consider that he is motivated enough to win.
Richie Porte is an Australian cyclist born in 1985. He weighs 137 lb (62 kg) and he is 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 m) tall. His current team is BMC Racing Team. Among his biggest wins there is the Giro d’Italia under the young rider classification in 2010. His performance last year and the way in which he managed to keep up with Froome on the mountainous terrain leads people to believe that he is in the cards for the podium. He has good odds and he could even surprise us.
Italian Fabio Aru was born in 1990 and he is a racer for the UCI ProTeam Astana. He weighs 146 lb (66 kg) and he is 6 feet (1.83 m) tall. His biggest wins so far are the 2015 Vuelta a Espana, general classification, and the young rider classification of the Giro d’Italia. It seems that everyone expects him to perform well on mountainous routes. We just have to wait and see.
Romain Bardet is a French professional cyclist born in 1990. He weighs 143 lb (65 kg) and he is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall. His current team is AG2R La Mondiale. In 2012, he distinguished himself in the Tour of Turkey, in 2014 he came in sixth at the Tour de France and he won some individual stages in the same competition in 2015 and 2016. Specialists say he is a good bet, considering that he is not afraid of attacking his rivals and going for the prize. He was in great form last year and it would be great if he could repeat the performance but with greater success.
And if you need any more inspiration, here’s some highlights from last year’s race: