Here's another female fan for you.
(Original post by clareyyyyyyy)
feeling like quite a minority being a female cycling/tour de france fan! gutted andy schleck isn't competing this year, fingers crossed for wiggins though!
One problem I'm having with the tour this year - are there a lot more crashes or is it just me?
I feel like there's been 2 a day, minimum. Compared to last year it seems a lot.. I realise I was actually in Spain last year during the tour so I could only catch eurosport on the odd occasion (although I did stay in to watch it a few days ), whereas this year I've pretty much been watching the whole thing.
I'm really hoping Wiggins will do well, but I have a feeling Evans will get it. Somehow he has this ability to tolerate and power on through a ridiculous amount of agony and still come out the other end without dying.
Any opinions on Sagan? He's doing really well for his age!
I must admit though, I'm missing mountain finishes. Perhaps that's the cause of all the crashes towards the finish, too many riders all vying to be in front.
Watching the sprint as I post this.
Last edited by siani-chan; 06-07-2012 at 16:14.
RE crashes: There were a lot in the early stages of last year - Wiggins and a few other good riders were taken out in them, plus some that weren't major but were still crashes.
RE Wiggins and other GC contenders: Obviously hope that he does well, but I'll wait to see him in the mountains before making my call on whether he'll get yellow or not. Going on what I remember from a couple of years ago, I don't think he'll do well enough ... but he may have improved since then.
At the moment, I'm fancying Evans for it - he's crazy enough to not want to let it go after one year (remember the year he completed with a broken elbow for most of it? ), plus he seems to be on good form (he's been getting towards the front, where Wiggins has just been happy to roll in.) Schleck isn't lost if they've managed to improve the time trialing; I don't know what their trainers do with them, but both Schlecks are horrendous at time trials - they're all over the road, all over the bike... I don't think he is good enough in the mountains for performance there to completely make up for the time trial.
RE Sagan and the green jersey: I like Sagan. I feel sorry for Cavendish, but I don't think he's a contender this year and hope Sagan wins the green jersey. Looking at him, I think he'll be better at getting through the mountains than Cavendish, who is basically dragged through and not disqualified on technicalities (I can't remember the exact number, but if so many are below the time none are disqualified.)
RE 'Who I feel most sorry for': Andy Schleck. He wins 2010 TdF two years too late, so he never got the joy of standing on the podium wearing the jersey and being kissed by the girls, and now he injures himself so he can't compete this year. If he was competing, I think people would have at least mentioned he is officially the 2010 winner, even if just in a sentence at the beginning like 'And Contador's disqualification makes Andy Schleck the post-race winner of 2010' - as it is, nothing. Plus, he comes across as a really nice guy in interviews and is one of my personal favourites (not necessarily for winning, I just like him,) so I'm sad he's not in it.
Last edited by TheSownRose; 06-07-2012 at 23:03.