An open tour to the illusion

The absences of Froome, the monarch of the time, and Dumoulin, the most indicated to dethrone him, have opened the door to about fifteen candidates.


The absences of Chris Froome, the monarch of the time, and Tom Dumoulin, the most indicated to dethrone him, have opened the door of the Tour of France to a fortnight of candidates. The Grande Boucle did not present such an uncertain forecast at the start. The most elegant thing would be to place the defending champion, Geraint Thomas, in the top, although the bookmakers agree to put ahead their companion Egan Bernal, that Colombian who wants to gobble up the future. On the next step appears Jakob Fuglsang, a 34-year veteran who has never played in the Grandes. That would be the bettors' podium. Then he would come Adam Yates, escorted by his twin Simon. And Richie Porte, which has never gone up to the drawer, although it always emerges in the pools. And Nairo Quintana, who once had a Tour in the legs.

A a similar height looks out Thibaut Pinot, the best French trick, third in 2014, which centers the hopes home next to Romain Bardet, second in 2016. The newspaper L 'Équipe has already warned his people on a recent cover:' Ahora o nunca '. France has not won its Tour since 1985 with Bernard Hinault, and that hurts. Then comes Vicenzo Nibali, the only active one that can boast of the Big Three, already come to less. And Steven Kruijswijk, a Dutchman without luck. And Rigoberto Urán, the third Colombian. And once reached this level of the ladder, around the tenth favorite, the Spaniards finally emerge: first, Mikel Landa; then, the debutant Enric Mas. Around the 15th place is seen Alejandro Valverde. Oh, if I had caught this journey ten years less! The illusion is widely distributed in this 106th edition of the Tour de France. Like in the lottery.



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