Hard to pick against the favorite in Froome. He has arguably been a better stage racer than Wiggins since his second place at the Vuelta. Had he been given free reign, Cobo would have been dropped. Same could be said of Wiggins in the Tour. Froome could have ridden away and gained a minute on each of two separate stages. The rest of the podium is a wild card. Contador rarely misses and claims to be at 90% which is good for him to ride into form. He may have trouble with the hilly early stages which will be very telling of everyone’s form. Which I suppose leads to my bottom step… Not sure who to place here. Richie Porte can certainly climb and TT and has shown impressively early this season. Rodriguez can climb but will his TT drop him out of the top 5? Does Cadel have the legs after an impressive Giro? Can Hesjedal handle the increased pressure of the Tour? Will Tejay be given enough leash from BMC should Cadel falter? Will Nairo Quintana drop Valverde in the high mountains?
I’m going to go with another Sky dominated Tour. Movistar have a very strong team but I’m hoping Valverde will be kept from achieving any success.
Hoping Cadel can podium since it will be his last shot. Not sure he will have enough in the tank. Even a top five is ambitious. Don’t think Hesjedal has the legs for the Tour. He is a Diesel engine climber and needs a team like Sky to control he pace. Garmin is far from that powerful.