The Tour de France has packed up for another year but, as always, its conclusion marks the beginning of cycling’s transfer tussles and contract clashes. With the rumour mill grinding, this regular column will try to sort the wheat from the chaff and work out who’ll be where next year.
My picks for this season have had a mixed bag of results after showing early season promise. Mr Peter Sagan resumed his outstanding performances after a short break by claiming every points jersey in the world. Almost. Thomas Voeckler has struggled since a broken collarbone break in the spring. And then there’s former Dutch national champion, Niki Terpstra who has not been able to find the form he had during the spring classics. Continue reading
This is the last in my series of three Talking Tactics previewing tactical aspects of the forthcoming Tour de France. I’ve already taken a look at how the polka dot and green jerseys will be won. Today I’m going to examine the tactical options of the contenders for the most important jersey of all – the maillot jaune, or yellow jersey. Continue reading