I used to be obsessed with it, I even went and watched the final leg of the race in 2005 when it finished in Paris, I remember seeing Lance Armstrong cycle past me I still have a Tour De France hat and T-shirt. I forgot to mention that I met Jan Ullrich in Hannover, still have images
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I'd say it's relative rarity value, only every 4 years, makes it at least worth as much as a World Champs and more than the Classics, as I think being a one day race it's hard to compare to a Grand Tour. It's certainly not clear cut like it is in Athletics or Swimming where Olympic Gold is the ultimate prize or football where it's blatantly inferior to the World Cup.
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I'd say it's quite difficult to place the Olympics in terms of importance. For the casual fan or someone who doesn't watch cycling then it will rank highly. As a cycling fan I'm not too fussed about it. I, personally, value the Grand Tours over it. I guess the riders themselves make a decision on which they regard highly, as well as whether the course will suit their style. I mean Cunego isn't riding in the Tour because of a lack of summit finishes and he's focusing on the World Championships and Vuelta because he thinks they'll suit him more. I am a little disappointed he won't be in the Tour because I really like him.
I was just looking at the betting and it seems the bookmakers are convinced it's a two horse race between Evans and Wiggins. Third favourite is around 18/1 or 20/1.
Really?! That's an amazing bet. Given neither are amazing climbers I wouldn't mind a flutter on someone like Sami Sanchez at that price as he could make a lot of time in the mountains if he's on form, though there doesn't seem to be much in the way of mountain top finishes this year.
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