It’s my most favorite time of the year once again… just hours from the start of Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France.
I’m excited to be watching from Colorado again this year, and for a much longer period time. (Last year I was in Denver for a few days of the Tour, and this year I’ve got a full 2 weeks in the mile-high city.)
Now, to more important things… Peter Sagan. 😀
Just kidding. (sort of)
After he was “outrageously” DQ’d last year, Sagan is back with the Bora-Hansgrohe team and I believe hungry for redemption. The world champion will certainly be exciting to watch as he’s got some new competition from the next “generation” of rising star sprinters this year, Cavendish is focused on winning 4 stages to tie Eddie Merckx’s record 34 stage wins, and there’s a cobbles stage completing in Roubaix, where Sagan won impressively earlier this year.
But wait, there’s more! This year’s Tour holds A LOT to be excited about. Here’s a list from off the top of my head:
- Will Mark Cavendish really be thinking “about the consequences more” and NOT crash?
- The 65 km mountain Stage 17, the shortest stage in the last 30 years
- The cobbles of Stage 9
- The absence of the podium girls — will they be missed? (I, for one, will miss the opportunity to opine on the always interesting podium fashion.)
- Ritchie Porte making a comeback after his nasty fall last year, and will he really have what it takes to land on top of the podium finally?
- Chris Froome going for his 5th Tour win plus he has won the last 3 Grand Tours in a row (TdF 2017, Vuelta Espana 2017, and the Giro d’Italia 2018)
- Alpe D’Huez
- BMC’s team time trial will be one to watch with stiff competition from teams Sky and Quick-Step (Stage 3)
- Movistar team sending 3 GC riders to this year’s Tour: who will take over when?
- Can Marcel Kittel get his form back with Team Katusha?
- So. Many. Top. Sprinters. New guys to watch: Quick-Step’s Fernando Gaviria and Team Lotto NL’s Dylan Groenewegen.
- PETER SAGAN!! (and he’s going for his 6th green jersey)
Here’s to an epic Tour no matter who your favorite rider is!